Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka is the newly crowned king of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters as he rallied from behind against fellow Swiss Roger Federer in today’s final. The 29-year-old Lausanne native lifted a debut Masters 1000 trophy, whilst the former World no. 1 lost all four championship matches he has played at the tournament so far.
The contestants wasted a break point each in the opening four games before Roger broke the deadlock to make it 3-2. Wawrinka created no chances to peg back and the Swiss Maestro served out the opener after his countryman misplaced two consecutive returns. The crowd at Court Central watched an active and diverse display, but marred with frequent unforced errors (34-38 in total from Stan’s point of view).
An action-packed second set followed where FedEx suffered a loss of serve in the game two, yet he responded immediately by breaking to love. The 17-time Grand Slam champion escaped another couple of scares in the subsequent service game after which the set progressed on serve. Although fourth-seeded Federer scored his first ace of the day at 6-5 to hold to love just before the tie-break, he failed to get into rhythm in the thirteenth game. This year’s Australian Open champ capitalized on the rival’s inconsistency and on successful net approaches to generate a triple set point. Roger defended the first two, but Wawrinka then came up with a powerful first serve and put away the follow-up smash to square things up at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.
The momentum shift worked out exceptionally well for Stan who combined aggressiveness with accuracy to control the proceedings in the decider. Moreover, he was rather efficient at converting break points as he needed three of them to obtain a double break cushion. His first serve also did its magic in the closing stages of the encounter and he could celebrate the historic 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory after executing an excellent forehand cross-court winner. The match lasted two hours and sixteen minutes.
Wawrinka hit 5 aces to Federer’s 3 and also surpassed the compatriot in both first serve and second serve points won department. The head-to-head record now stands at 13-2 in the favor of FedEx with the previous Stan’s triumph also coming in Monte Carlo in 2009.