Despite a tough loss in his bid to win a first Monte Carlo Masters title, Roger Federer was all praise for his friend Stanislas Wawrinka’s 46, 76, 62 win today in the final. Federer, who wasn’t even scheduled for the event, beat an injured Novak Djokovic yesterday but come up a little short and was outplayed in the final set by Wawrinka.
“Of course, I’m very happy for Stan,” said Federer. “It’s a huge win for him after winning his first Grand Slam this year, also to win his first Masters 1000. To take the opportunities when they’re there, that’s key in a tennis player’s career. So I’m very happy for him.”
Federer falls to 0-4 in Monte Carlo finals and 1-3 overall this season after the loss.
“I think it’s one of the those finals that I could have won,” said Federer. “But Stan was tougher at the end. I think he deserved it just a little bit more. Clearly it would have been nice to win that second set tie-break. I didn’t necessarily play a bad one, but also at the same time I didn’t quite ever get into the lead where things went my way.
“I would have loved to have won a second title [this season] because I’ve come close a few times. That’s my next objective, that I get to the very end more frequently. But clearly I’m happy that the clay court season started so well for me.”
Federer will have a two week break then decide on Madrid. But all points suggest he’ll be a factor the rest of the clay season.
“You must see the positive side. Try not to be disappointed or frustrated,” Federer said. “What I see is that if I’m in that position again, if I keep trying as I did, at a certain point it’s going to go my way. If you feel good mentally, then things are going to turn out good.”
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