The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters will feature an all-Swiss final for the first time in the tournament’s history, as world No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka and 4th ranked Roger Federer will collide for the first time this season to crown a new champion in Monaco. This is the first time two countrymen clash for the Monte Carlo title since Nadal and Ferrer met back in 2011. This marks the 15th time they will meet on the professional tour, with Federer leading the head-to-head series 13-1, which include the last 11 straight wins dating back to 2009. Check out the Federer vs Wawrinka Head to Head matches.
Swiss No. 1 Stanislas Wawrinka put on a fantastic performance on Saturday afternoon, as he dominated his encounter with David Ferrer, eventually beating the former finalist 6-1, 7-6. It marked his best performance at an event since winning the Australian Open title in January. He has now compiled a 19-3 record on tour, and will be looking to make his 20th win his first ever Masters 1000 title.
“I’m not surprised with my game or the way I’m playing,” said Wawrinka. “Today was a little bit slower. It was a little bit windy at the beginning. It was important to move well, be aggressive. That was my plan. I started really well. I know when I’m moving well and I can dictate the game, I’m always good against him. I did a really good job, especially at the beginning.”
- Wawrinka earned his 100th Masters 1000 win today en route to his first Monte Carlo final.
- Wawrinka has twice finished runner-up at Masters 1000 events, losing in Rome (2008) and Madrid (2013). Both took place on clay.
In the second semi-final of the day, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer ended Djokovic’s campaign for a Monte Carlo title defence, as he defeated the Serb 7-5, 6-2 to reach his fourth final in Monaco. It was a somewhat lackluster contest, as Djkovic’s wrist was heavily strapped down and it was clear that he was in a significant amount of pain throughout the match. While the first set was a competitive one, the pain would be too much for Novak in the second set and he would only manage to win five points on Federer’s serve.
It was a disappointing conclusion to Saturday’s action but set up a fantastic all-Swiss final for the first time in the 100+ year history of the MOnte Carlo Masters.
- Federer has finished runner-up in Monte Carlo three times already between 2006-08, losing each to Rafael Nadal.
- Federer’s only loss to Wawrinka came at this very event in 2009.
This marks the 15th time they will meet on the professional tour, with Federer leading the head-to-head series 13-1, which include the last 11 straight wins dating back to 2009. Federer also leads the series 3-1 on clay, with his only loss to Wawrinka coming at the Monte Carlo Masters in 2009, snapping his streak of three finals at the event. While Wawrinka has finally removed himself from Federer’s shadow, he will need to find his absolute best tennis to topple Federer tomorrow afternoon.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Three Sets