STAN Wawrinka was never going to die wondering in his first French Open final.
For so long living in the shadow of countryman Roger Federer, the 30-year-old Swiss and his coach Magnus Norman, a runner-up at the event in 2000, decided attack was the best method of defence against world No.1 Novak Djokovic.
Wawrinka executed the plan to perfection, blasting 60 winners to the Serb's 30 in an astonishing display of power hitting to win the match 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4.
He later paid tribute to Norman and also his fitness adviser Pierre Paganini, who helped guide Federer to the top a decade earlier.
"I can tell you that Pierre Paganini plays a key role in my career. He's instrumental in the good results all along my career," Wawrinka said.
"It's quite strange when I tell myself I have a (Olympic) gold medal and Davis Cup, and that I have two grand slams. It's something quite amazing. I never expected to go this far in my career; never expected to be this strong."
Most fans didn't either.
Djokovic started a warm favourite after beating nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray enroute to the final, and was visibly disappointed at not becoming the eighth player to complete a career grand slam.
He said the pressure of that achieving that feat had not been factor, acknowledging Wawrinka simply had been too good.
"Every single player who is here, especially the top players, want to win this trophy as much as I do," Djokovic said. "He deserved to win. That's all I can say."
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.