Stan Wawrinka became only the second Swiss player since Roger Federer, in 2009, to win the French Open. But could it have been different?
Novak Djokovic, who was the runner-up as well as the favorite to win the final, did not have the same advantage in terms of strength and stamina as his more successful opponent. He was unable to receive benefit of his share of the gap between the semi-final and final that are awarded to the players for rest and recovery. This gave Wawrinka an advantage before the match even started.
The Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray semi-final was the high-light of Friday. Earlier the heat and sun had caused quite a number of problems for both Tsonga and Wawrinka. This problem continued for both Murray and Djokovic.
The match started with Djokovic winning the first two sets 6-3, 6-3 before Murray fought back 7-5. They were in the middle of the fourth set 3-3 when a storm stopped the play.
With victory so close at hand,Djokovic who earlier had received a medical timeout, when informed by the assistant referee of an imminent storm, was quick to pack up his rackets.
This might have seemed like the better option for the present, but was it the better option in the long run?
The play was resumed on Saturday. It took Djokovic a little time to gather momentum but he back strong with a 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 victory.
Unfortunately, as little as it took for Djokovic to finish the match on Saturday, the anticipation coupled with the effort that it actually took to win-time which for Djokovic should have been spent in recovery-might have just been the reason behind his loss in the final.
For Djokovic it would not have been unreasonable to demand an extra day of rehabilitation. True it would have meant changes in the actual schedule. But at the same time it might just have given him the edge that he lacked in the final.