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Video: Stanislas Wawrinka cramps during post-semifinals press conference

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_9zp6YAccE

There's no question Stanislas Wawrinka left everything he had on the court after playing a four-hour match against Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open semifinals. The Swiss No. 2, who ended Andy Murray's title defense and then pushed Djokovic to the brink in a 2-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss, was so wiped after the match that he began to cramp during the French portion of his news conference.

https://twitter.com/christophclarey/status/376462684524265472

Sometimes news conferences can be more grueling than the matches (not really, though). Remember when Rafael Nadal succumbed to cramps in a post-win interview in 2011?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABY0BR8d_z0

Rafa's "Cramp Seen 'Round The World" went viral quickly, and even Caroline Wozniacki couldn't help but poke a little bit of fun:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLuX5720S7E

You'll have to forgive Wawrinka for his exhaustion and dehydration. He played a fantastic 21-minute game to hold his serve against Djokovic in the fifth set, a stretch that got the crowd on its feet and even earned a standing ovation mid-game. In case you missed it the first time, here's that game in its entirety. And if you saw it originally, it's worth another watch. This is the moment the 2013 U.S. Open came alive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nxPORK2UFM&feature=youtu.be
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