Roger Federer has a complicated personal history with the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, third ATP Masters 1000 of the season and first on clay. The ancient tournament, whose first edition was played in 1897 (won by Briton Reggie Doherty against his countryman Conway W.
Blackwood Price), has been canceled this year with all the clay swing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet Federer had chances to win at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. From 2006 to 2008, he played three consecutive finals, losing them all against Rafael Nadal.
In those three matches he did not have the real chance to win the title: Roger, despite the good performances, especially in 2006, was clearly beaten by his rival. In 2014, he had a great chance, in the final against his countryman Stan Wawrinka.
Federer won the first set 6-4 and had the possibility to end the challenge and win his first title at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in the second set. Yet it was the tie-break that stopped his dreams. Wawrinka won a very balanced moment, closing the tie-break for 7-6(5) and then winning the third set with the score of 6-2, thus getting his first ATP Masters 1000 of his career, two months after having triumphed at the Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal.
Wawrinka gave to Roger Federer a great disappointment that year, never as close as on that occasion to breaking the Monte-Carlo curse: a memory of past days which the COVID-19 pandemic suspended over time. The tournament will not be relocated this season, but it will be played directly in 2021, not following the line of other events such as the Roland Garros, which were rescheduled for the second half of 2020.