Monte Carlo is one of the rare notable tournaments that Roger Federer doesn't have in his collection, losing in the final to Rafael Nadal in three straight years and missing the final chance in 2014. Six years after the previous one, Roger advanced to his fourth and last Monte Carlo title match following a rock-solid 7-5, 6-2 triumph over the defending champion Novak Djokovic in an hour and 15 minutes.
In the quarter-final, Roger barely survived the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga test after missing the first 15 break chances, prevailing in three sets for the 34th encounter against Novak Djokovic. Serving at 70%, Roger dropped 14 points in ten service games, fending off both break chances and keeping the pressure on the other side of the court to secure the 18th triumph over the Serb.
Djokovic couldn't match those numbers despite a brave effort in set number one, getting broken three times and failing to defend the title he claimed a year ago after beating an eight-time winner Rafael Nadal. Nothing could separate them in the rallies with five strokes or more, and it was Federer who dominated in the shortest exchanges up to four shots.
Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets in Monte Carlo 2014.
The Swiss hit more winners and caused more forced mistakes from Djokovic to seal the deal in straight sets and forge the first all-Swiss Masters 1000 final against Stan Wawrinka!
Both players made a strong start, serving well and keeping returners far from any chance until game nine. Djokovic saved a break opportunity to stay in contention and earned two set points in the next one. Federer stayed calm and erased both with sharp attacks, bringing the game home with a service winner and gathering massive momentum that would carry him towards nine of the last 11 games!
From 40-0 down in game 11, Roger won five straight points to secure a break and landed an ace a few minutes later for 7-5 after 49 minutes. A perfect backhand winner earned a break for the Swiss in the second set's third game, confirming the advantage with three winners in the next one and stealing Djokovic's serve again to move 4-1 in front.
The Serb completely lost the energy (his right hand was heavily wrapped), and Federer completed a perfect day at the office with a service winner in game eight to reach his first Monte Carlo final in six years.