Monte Carlo: Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Swiss compatriot Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 yesterday to win the Monte Carlo Masters as the Australian Open champion laid down a marker as a French Open dangerman.
Stanislas Wawrinka lifts the winners trophy after beating Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo Masters final yesterday. Pic/Getty Images.
It was just Wawrinka’s second win over his close friend in 15 career meetings and his first title at the Masters level. His last win over Federer came at the same venue in 2009.
Wawrinka also held on to his World No 3 ranking as a result of his success in two hours, 13 minutes. Federer would have taken the third spot with a victory at one of the three Masters events he has not won. It was the first all-Swiss final on the ATP since 2000, when the teenaged Federer lost to Marc Rosset in Marseille.
Wawrinka, who fired 33 winners on Sunday, lost his previous two Masters finals — in Rome in 2008 to Novak Djokovic and last year in Madrid to Rafael Nadal.
The title was Wawrinka’s third of the year after trophies at Chennai and Melbourne in January.
“It’s been an incredible week for me,” said Wawrinka. “To finally win a Masters 1000 is unbelievable. Roger has done incredible things in his career, he’s the best of all-time for me. It was an honour to play him in the final and to win.”
Switzerland’s Davis Cup captain Severin Luthi sat in the Federer box with no complaints from Wawrinka.
“It was a good week for me,” said Federer, now 0-4 in Monte Carlo finals after losing three to Rafael Nadal 2006-2008. The Swiss pair hugged after Wawrinka’s victory, the seventh title of his career.