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Wawrinka beats compatriot Federer
20 Apr 2014 20:08
Stanislas Wawrinka claimed the first Masters 1000 Series title of his career as he came from behind to beat compatriot Roger Federer in Monte Carlo.
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In the first all-Swiss ATP World Tour final since 2000, the 29-year-old erased the memories of final defeats by Novak Djokovic in Rome in 2008 and Rafael Nadal in Madrid last year to lift the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters crown.
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However, Wawrinka's second ATP victory over Federer in 15 attempts proved hard-fought after he had to battle his way back from losing the first set to take the title 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-2.
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Federer started strongly, forcing a first break point in Wawrinka's opening service game, but it was not until the fifth game of the set that he nudged into a 3-2 lead, eventually taking it 6-4 in 42 minutes.
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Wawrinka's response was concerted as he took a 2-0 lead in the second set, but Federer fought back and, after a rain delay, took it to a tie-break, which his opponent eventually won 7-5 at the third time of asking with an overhead smash.
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The momentum was firmly with Wawrinka as he sensed his opportunity, securing a double break on his way to a 4-0 lead in the deciding set.
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Federer rallied briefly, but there was nothing he could do to prevent his compatriot from claiming victory in two hours and 13 minutes.
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