Monte Carlo Flashback: Stan Wawrinka tops Roger Federer in all-Swiss final



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Monte Carlo Flashback: Stan Wawrinka tops Roger Federer in all-Swiss final

Stan Wawrinka was a happy camper in the opening months of the 2014 season. The Swiss conquered his first Major title at the Australian Open and advanced into the third Masters 1000 final in Monte Carlo. His previous Masters 1000 title matches came in Rome 2008 versus Novak Djokovic and Madrid 2013 against Rafael Nadal.

This time, Stan challenged the remaining legend from the 'big 3' in his third different final of the clay-court Masters 1000 event. In the first all-Swiss title match at this level, Stan faced his compatriot Roger Federer and beat him 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and 14 minutes.

Thus, Wawrinka became the Masters 1000 champion for the first time and earned his second victory in 15 encounters against Roger! The more experienced Swiss ousted an injured Novak Djokovic in the semis and advanced into the fourth Monte Carlo final, the first since 2008.

Despite giving his best in sets one and two, Roger stayed empty-handed in the Principality again, losing ground in the decider to propel Wawrinka towards the first crown at the premium series of the ATP events. Stan won eight points more than Roger and got broken twice from only three chances offered to his rival.

He delivered three breaks from seven opportunities to have the upper hand in the decider and cross the finish line first. The younger Swiss tamed his strokes more efficiently to hit the same number of winners and unforced errors.

At the same time, Roger had almost twice as many mistakes as winners, trailing to Stan in the mid-range and more extended exchanges to finish on the losing side. Stan forced Roger's error in the first game to fight off a break chance before Federer closed the second with a perfect volley winner to get his name on the scoreboard.

Wawrinka wasted a return opportunity in the fourth game before sending a backhand wide in the next one to fall 3-2 behind.

Stan Wawrinka defeated Roger Federer in the title match in Monte Carlo 2014.

Federer confirmed the break with a service winner and hit another for a comfortable hold and a 5-3 advantage.

Serving for the set at 5-4, Roger placed two service winners to wrap up the opener in 42 minutes and move a set away from the first Monte Carlo crown. Wawrinka bounced back with a break in the second set's second game. A few minutes later, he suffered a break at love following Roger's perfect backhand down the line winner that got him back to the positive side.

Federer saved break opportunities in the next game to level the score at 2-2, with eight commanding holds after that to set a tie break, a must-win one for Wawrinka. The more experienced Swiss stayed in touch with a volley winner at 2-4.

Still, Stan was not to be denied, and he closed the breaker with a smash winner at 6-5 to force a decider. With momentum on his side, Wawrinka grabbed a break in the final set's first game and held at 15 to confirm it. Pushing hard in those moments, he secured another return game with a forehand winner to go 3-0 up and move closer to the finish line.

A service winner sent the Australian Open champion further in front, and he landed four winners in the sixth game. Wawrinka served for the title at 5-2 and fired an additional three winners to seal the deal and become the Masters 1000 champion following a picture-perfect forehand crosscourt winner.