Stan Wawrinka was a happy player in the early months of the 2014 season. The Swiss won his first Major title at the Australian Open and advanced to the third Masters 1000 final in Monte Carlo. His previous matches for the Masters 1000 title were in Rome 2008 against Novak Djokovic and in Madrid 2013 against Rafael Nadal.
This time, Stan challenged the remaining "big 3" legend in his third different final of the Masters 1000 event on clay. In Switzerland's first title match at this level, Stan faced compatriot Roger Federer and won 4-6 7-6 6-2 in two hours and 14 minutes.
In this way, Wawrinka became Masters 1000 champion for the first time and achieved his second victory in 15 matches against Roger. The more experienced Swiss overcame an injured Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals to advance to the fourth Monte-Carlo final, his first since 2008.
Despite giving his best in sets one and two, Roger again came out on top. empty-handed in the Principality, losing ground in the decider to propel Wawrinka to the first crown in the premium series of ATP events. Stan won eight points more than Roger and received two breaks from only three chances offered to his rival.
The Swiss made three breaks from seven chances to take the lead in the deciding set and cross the finish line first. The younger Swiss dominated his shots more effectively to get the same number of winners and unforced errors.
At the same time, Roger made nearly twice as many errors as winners, falling behind Stan in the mid-distance and longer rallies to end up on the losing side. Stan forced Roger's error in the first game to fight off a break chance before Federer closed out the second with a perfect volley winner to put his name on the scoreboard.
Wawrinka squandered a return chance in game four before sending a backhand wide in the next to fall 3-2.
Clerc talks about Roger Federer
Former Argentine player Jose Luis Clerc has said that Rafael Nadal would end the GOAT debate for good if he wins Roland Garros this year.
Former World No. 4 Clerc has said that Nadal is on the cusp of tennis immortality, while Roger Federer might have won his last Major. Clerc said: "If Nadal wins Roland Garros, he will be the greatest of all time. The one who I don't think will win another Grand Slam is Roger.
Those of us who love the sport want Federer to be eternal, but he is not. People tell me 'Batata , Roger is the best,' but for me the one who wins the most Grand Slam titles is going to be the greatest in history," Clerc said.