Stan Wawrinka, Fabio Fognini receive main draw wildcard into Monte Carlo

Wawrinka and Fognini are both former champions in Monte Carlo.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Stan Wawrinka, Fabio Fognini receive main draw wildcard into Monte Carlo

Stan Wawrinka and Fabio Fognini have been awarded a main draw wildcard into the Monte Carlo Masters, which is kicking off on April 9th. Wawrinka, 38, and 35-year-old Fognini are both former champions in Monte Carlo. Not only that both Wawrinka and Fognini are former champions in Monte Carlo, but the Principality was also the place where they became Masters champions.

In 2014, Wawrinka defeated Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo final to lift his first Masters title at the age of 29. This upcoming April, Wawrinka will be making his 13th main draw appearance on the clay courts of Monte Carlo.

On the other side, Fognini became a Masters champion at the age of 31 after beating Dusan Lajovic in the 2019 Monte Carlo final. This year, Fognini will be making his 13th appearance in Monte Carlo.

Wawrinka, Fognini set to return to Monte Carlo

In 2014, tennis fans had a chance to watch a high-level Monte Carlo final between Wawrinka and Federer.

Down by a set, Wawrinka refused to quit and he worked his way back to beat Federer 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-2. "It's always special to play Roger. We know it's always a strange match, especially being in the final here. He's my best friend on the tour.

We respect each other so much. I'm just trying on the court to win the match. Before and after, we are still very good friends. During the match, we just try everything to win. Today I'm really happy to take that one. I can see that when mentally I'm there and I'm fighting, I can play tennis, I can beat all the player.

I did an amazing job. I'm really happy after winning my first Grand Slam to win a Masters 1000 so quick. I didn't expect to. When I came here, for me it was more like a test. I knew I was playing good tennis, but I didn't expect to win because the draw was so strong," Wawrinka said after beating Federer for the 2014 Monte Carlo title.

Stan Wawrinka Fabio Fognini Monte Carlo
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