Djokovic entered having already won the Australia Open to start the major season and later went on to also earn titles at Wimbledon and the US Open. But it was Wawrinka who reigned supreme on clay, keeping Djokovic from completing the career grand slam.
After dropping the first set, the Swiss responded with three straight set wins, utilising his powerful one-handed backhand to smack 59 winners, compared to 30 for Djokovic.
Wawrinka added the victory to his Australian Open triumph.
Other memorable events in history today:
1975: The first edition of the Cricket World Cup begins in England.
1978: The Washington Bullets beat the Seattle SuperSonics 105-99 in Game 7 to win the franchise’s first and only NBA championship.
2004: The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Calgary Flames in seven games to win the Stanley Cup.
2014: Tonalist wins the 146th Belmont Stakes in 2:28.52.
Known for his great pace, stamina and technical ability, Cafu certainly falls into the bracket of being one of the greatest full-backs to ever play the game and you only have to look at his CV why.
Turning 46 today, the Brazilian made a name for himself with Sao Paulo winning numerous titles. More success followed when he moved to Italy, adding the Serie A and Coppa Italia to his cabinet.
He was soon plying his trade for AC Milan and it was there where he enjoyed his most successful club stint as part of a formidable side that included Andrea Pirlo and Kaka claiming six accolades including the 2007 Champions League.
For Brazil, he is a proud owner of two World Cup medals, winning in 1994 and 2002. Just before his retirement in 2008, he was named as one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers by compatriot and legend Pele.
Other sporting stars born on this day:
1970: Mike Modano, former NHLer, all-time leading goal scorer and points leader for American-born players (46).
1975: Allen Iverson, American retired NBA guard, former MVP (2001), 11-time All-Star and Hall of Famer (41).
1981: Anna Kournikova, Russian retired tennis player who reached the No8 world ranking (35).
1992: Jordan Clarkson, Filipino-American NBA combo guard for the Los Angeles Lakers (24).
On this day 25 years ago, St. Louis Blues star Hull helped create NHL history when he won the Hart Trophy, awarded to the league’s MVP each season.
The feat came 25 years after Hull’s Hall of Fame father, Bobby, had won his second Hart Trophy. They are the only father and son team to have claimed the award.
Right wing Hull scored 86 goals during the season, which still stands today as the third best tally in an NHL season, leading the Blues to the second best overall record.
Other memorable events on this day:
1946: The NBA was founded in New York as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).
1963: The NHL held its first amateur draft, with 21 players selected. Montreal chose first and selected Garry Monahan.
2015: Barcelona win a fifth European Cup with a 3-1 win against Juventus in the Champions League final in Berlin. Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar scored the Blaugrana’s goals.