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US Open Tennis 2016: Updated Prize Money Payouts from New York

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11:  Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland reacts against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their Men's Singles Final Match on Day Fourteen of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Stanislas Wawrinka earned his first career U.S. Open title with a 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 upset over No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

This is the third Grand Slam title of Wawrinka's career after earning wins at the 2014 Australian Open and the 2015 French Open.

Djokovic was trying to defend his title in New York whileย gunning for his third Grand Slam title of the season, but he struggled with a toe injury and fell apart after winning the first set. He remains the top player in the world rankings, but his health has been a question mark throughout the past few months.

Still, Wawrinka deserves credit for beating Djokovic for the second time in a major final while completing an outstanding tournament from start to finish.

Here is a breakdown of Sunday's final along with a look at the prize money awarded to the players involved.

2016 U.S. Open Singles Prize Money
PositionPrize Money
Winner (Stan Wawrinka)$3,500,000
Runner-Up (Novak Djokovic)$1,750,000
Semi-Finalist (Gael Monfils, Kei Nishikori)$875,000
Quarter-Finalist$450,000
Round of 16$235,000
Round of 32$140,000
Round of 64$77,188
Round of 128$43,313
USOpen.org

Recap

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during their Men's Singles Final Match on Day Fourteen of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2016 in the
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Each set was a battle in a thrilling back-and-forth matchup between two of the best players in the world.

The action was tight from the start as Djokovic needed a tiebreak to survive the first set. The serves ruled the day early with each side earning one break each. The top seed eventually pulled away with a 7-1 tiebreak.

However, Wawrinka bounced back from there with a 6-4 win in the second set and then a 7-5 win in the third set, which lasted 78 minutes. Wawrinka only saw two break points in the set but won them both with some clutch play.

Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times provided his thoughts on the No. 3 seed's effort:

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

Stan Wawrinka (๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ˆ) landing punches that Novak Djokovic can't consistently counter. Takes third 7-5, one set from a #USOpen title.

After the Swiss player got out to an early 3-1 lead in the fourth set, Djokovic was forced to call for an injury timeout.

Howard Bryant of ESPN The Magazine summed up the talented player's issues:

Full Dissident @hbryant42

"Serious issues now..." I'd say...Novak wounded. Mentally, physically. Things have taken a turn.

Djokovic called for yet another medical timeout after falling behind 5-2, once again getting treatment on his injured toe.

The match continued on, however, and Wawrinka held in his next service game to earn the 6-3 win in the fourth and final set.

Although Djokovic was battling through injuries, he showed impressive toughness to keep himself alive and fight to the very last point. On the other hand, he will probably be upset as his three breaks on 17 chances over the course of the match.

Wawrinka won points when it mattered, although there was plenty of inconsistency along the way. He only got 56 percent of his first serves in play and ended up with 51 unforced errors compared to 46 winners.

Still, he came through in the clutch in the almost four-hour match just as he has throughout his entire career.ย 

Carl Bialik of FiveThirtyEight noted how Wawrinka entered the tournament with a habit of stepping up in big moments:

Carl Bialik @CarlBialik

Wawrinka vs. world No. 1 Best-of-3: 0-15, 2 sets won Slams, non-final: 0-4, 6 sets won Slam finals: 2-0, 2 sets lost https://t.co/MQtqtRmyZu

He also came in knowing what it would take to pull out a win Sunday.

"The secret is simple: I have to play my best tennis, my best game," Wawrinka said before the match, per Bryan Armen Graham of the Guardian. "Heโ€™s the No. 1 player, amazing fighter, amazing player, but I have enough confidence in myself that when I play my best level I can beat him. Hopefully I can bring that Sunday."

Although there were plenty of tough games throughout the day, he truly did play close to his best level to defeat Djokovic.

While there are still question marks about Wawrinka's consistency from week to week, he continues to show why he is among the best players in the world. With just a Wimbledon title away from a career Grand Slam, he remains someone to be feared going forward.

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