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Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka on Monday broke down in tears after suffering a narrow loss in Croatia Open final. The Swiss icon, who was taken into the deciding set, fell short in clinching the ATP 250 title in Umag as the 16-time champion lost 6-3 6-4 against his Australian opponent. The match which was played for two hours and 36 minutes saw the 23-year-old comeback strong after continuous cramps which led in his restricted movement.

The three-time Grand Slam champion however looked emotional and broke down in tears as he spoke of his future in the sport. While addressing the crowd in Umag, Stan Wawrinka paid tribute to the spectators for their continuous support. "I know it's stupid to cry, but I love this sport so much. You make it really special," he said.

"Hopefully I can come back. Thank you for the support. Thank you for being here. Hopefully I see you next year," the 38-year-old Swiss player further added while tearing down. It is to be noted that this is not the first time Wawrinka has hinted on retirement. In March, the Swiss international lifted lid on his retirement plans as he stated that he has no intention of stopping.

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Wawrinka further congratulated his Aussie opponent in Umag. "First I want to congratulate Alex. Congrats to your team. You're doing a great job. You're young, playing super well. You deserved to win tonight," he said.

The former World No. 3 has three Grand Slam titles to his name. The 38-year-old has won Australian Open, French Open and US Open in 2014, 2014 and 2016 respectively and boasts of an Olympic gold medal win when he teamed up with legend Roger Federer in men's doubles.