Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka will meet in an all-Swiss final of the Monte Carlo Masters after breezing through their respective semi-finals in straight-sets.
Just a few weeks ago the pair came together to send their country into the Davis Cup last four against Kazakhstan, but now the duo must go their separate ways to fight for the principality title.
17-time record Grand Slam winner Roger Federer will certainly fancy his chances of finally clinching a first Monte Carlo title; he’s on the better end of a 13-1 head-to-head record.
However, Wawrinka’s sole win came on clay in 2009 and he recently romped to a first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
Both men triumphed on the penultimate day against fancied opponents.
Federer managed to overcome the in-form reigning champion Novak Djokovic with a stunning 7-5 6-2 victory. However, the Serbian world no.2 had a bandaged wrist and arm which confirmed overnight injury fears.
The first set was a close affair with both men holding serve. At 5-4 Djokovic was unable to take a couple of set points from Federer’s serve, and he was made to pay in the very next game. The 32-year-old went a break up and then served out for the set.
Djokovic appeared to lose focus from there on in, with fears that the injury started to play a negative part.
Federer cruised into the final with two breaks on Djokovic’s faltering serves which the 26-year-old could not respond to.
This win backed up successes over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lukas Rosol and Radek Stepanek in previous rounds. The world star has reached the final on two other occasions but both have ended in defeat to Rafael Nadal.
Nadal’s shock quarter-final conqueror, David Ferrer, would’ve perhaps expected to make it into the final considering his heroics but his path was blocked by a rampant Wawrinka earlier on Saturday.
The ever improving world no.3 was sublime in a 6-1 7-6 victory over the notoriously tough Spaniard.
It was an all action performance by the 29-yeard-old who only lost five points on serve in the hour plus contest.
He blitzed the first set and nearly inflicted a whitewash at 5-0. The second set proved more competitive with both men holding serve throughout until a decisive tie-breaker.
Wawrinka didn’t look back after taking a 4-0 lead and he reached the final by winning the tie-break 7-3.
This is only his third final of a Masters 1000 event and only once has he won, but form suggests he can topple his experienced countryman.
The clash is clearly one that a jubilant Federer will look forward to: "I think it's incredible that we are in the finals together, the same week we've been playing well for some time now. That we're able to have this moment together on a centre court, it's so rare," he said following the win over Djokovic.
"This one is clearly very special, especially with the way he's been playing the past few months, the number of hours we spent together on court either playing doubles or practising, the times we've talked tennis. It's nice living a moment like this together in a final. It's really wonderful. So from that standpoint, I think it's going to be a great day tomorrow."
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