A career best season continued today for Stanislas Wawrinka. The 29-year-old who shocked the tennis world in January winning the Australian Open, won the first big clay event of the season today defeating friend and countryman Roger Federer 46, 76, 62 to claim the Monte Carlo Masters title.
“It’s always special to play Roger,” said Wawrinka. “We know it’s always a strange match, especially being in the final here. He’s my best friend on the tour. We respect each other so much. I’m just trying on the court to win the match. Before and after, we are still very good friends. During the match, we just try everything to win. Today I’m really happy to take that one.”
Wawrinka won his ATP World Tour-best third title of the season and the seventh of his career. He also ended an 11-match losing streak to Federer. He came in with a 1-13 record vs. Federer and his other win came in Monte-Carlo in 2009.
“I can see that when mentally I’m there and I’m fighting, I can play tennis, I can beat all the player. I did an amazing job. I’m really happy after winning my first Grand Slam to win a Masters 1000 so quick. I didn’t expect to. When I came here, for me it was more like a test. I knew I was playing good tennis, but I didn’t expect to win because the draw was so strong.”
The match was the first all-Swiss final since Marseille in 2000 when Marc Rosset beat Federer. Wawrinka improved his match record to 20-3 on the season, including 6-0 vs. Top 10 opponents. He also is the season points leader in the Emirates ATP Race to London standings.
This was only the third time in the past 37 ATP Masters 1000 tournaments (since 2010 Monte-Carlo) a title was won by some one other than the Big Four (Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Murray). It was also the second time in the past 30 tournaments (since 2011), a player outside the Big Four held the trophy.
Congrats to Stan!
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