Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka pulled off a huge upset Sunday in the French Open final, rallying to beat Serbian world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
"I'm really, really happy to get the trophy," the 30-year-old Wawrinka said.
Djokovic, who beat nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal of Spain in the quarterfinals and Britain's Andy Murray in the semis, was the heavy favorite in the final against Wawrinka even though the Swiss defeated him en route to winning the 2014 Australian Open.
"There are more important things in life - personality and respect," Djokovic said. "I have a big respect for you. You are a great champion with a big heart. You deserve that title."
The crowd gave the 28-year-old Djokovic, who is 8-8 in Grand Slam finals and 0-3 in championship matches at Roland Garros, a long ovation after the match.
"I really appreciate that and the respect they give me ... I tried my best and, unfortunately, it wasn't my day," Djokovic told NBC.
Wawrinka needed three hours and 12 minutes to beat Djokovic, who was trying to complete the career Grand Slam - winning singles titles at all four major events - and become the first men's player since American Jim Courier in 1992 to enter Wimbledon after having won the year's first two Slam tournaments: the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
Wawrinka, who was ranked No. 9 in the world going into the French Open, ended the world No. 1's 28-match winning streak and became only the 12th player to win a Grand Slam title after the age of 30.
"It was not easy at the beginning ... Then I started to have longer rallies and that's good for me," Wawrinka said. "When I go on court now, I know I can beat the top players."