04/19 10:18 CDT Federer beats Djokovic to reach Monte Carlo final
Federer beats Djokovic to reach Monte Carlo final
AP Sports Writer
MONACO (AP) --- Roger Federer oused defending Monte Carlo Masters champion
Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday to set up an all-Swiss final against
Djokovic complained of soreness in his right wrist at the start of the week and
took to the court with it heavily strapped. Although he seemed to be fairly
comfortable at the start of the semifinal, the wrist seemed to affect him more
toward the end of the first set, and he was serving way below his best
throughout the second.
The fourth-seeded Federer entered the tournament only after accepting a wild
card invitation, having missed the two previous editions, and he bids to win it
for the first time after losing three consecutive finals to eight-time champion
Rafael Nadal from 2006-08.
Sunday's final will be the first all-Swiss final since Marc Rosset beat Federer
in Marseille in 2000, and the first time that Federer and Wawrinka meet in a
final. The odds appear against Wawrinka, who trails Federer 13-1 overall. But
he will take heart from the fact the only win was here, in the third round,
back in 2009.
Wawrinka progressed after beating Spaniard David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6 (3). Wawrinka
has six career titles but has lost his previous two Masters finals on clay ---
at Madrid last year and in Rome six years ago to Djokovic.
Although the third-seeded Wawrinka made a string of unforced errors --- 40
compared to 12 for Ferrer --- he hit far more winners, 31-8, in beating Ferrer
for a third straight time.
"It was important to move well, be aggressive. That was my plan," Wawrinka
said. "I know when I'm moving well and I can dictate the game, I'm always good
Sixth-seeded Ferrer looked in good form when he beat Nadal in Friday's
quarterfinals, but was unable to withstand Wawrinka's aggressive approach, and
spent much of the semi pinned behind the baseline.
Wawrinka remains on course for his third title of the season, the fourth of his
career on clay and his first in any Masters event.
He moved to 5-2 in the tiebreaker with a drop shot that Ferrer could not reach
and clinched victory on his second match point when the Spaniard rushed a
two-handed backhand into the net.
Ferrer, the 2011 runner-up, rarely troubled Wawrinka, forcing only two
"All the time he moved the ball better than me," Ferrer said. "Nothing to say.
Stan played better than me."