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Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters: An all Swiss final!

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TENNIS – Saturday 19 April 2014 – Stanislas Wawrinka will meet Roger Federer on Sunday in an all-Swiss final at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. It will be the second all- Swiss final of history, after the one opposing Federer and Marc Rosset in 2000 in Marseille. Form Monte-Carlo, Isabelle Andrieux.

Third-seed Wawrinka defeated David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6 in a most convincing way in the first semi-finals of the day at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. The Australian open winner is one win away from capturing his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. The Swiss claimed his 100th Masters 1000 win as he set a blockbuster final against three-time finalist Roger Federer.

Federer leads 13-1 ATP head to head lead over Wawrinka and has won past 11 meetings with the Australian Open Champion. But Wawrinka’s only win over his countryman came here at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in 2009.

In the second semi-finals of the day, the 32-year-old Federer ended Djokovic’s reign in Monte-Carlo with his victory in 75 minutes. Djokovic had dethroned eight-time champion Rafael Nadal in the 2013 final and saw his 13-match winning run come to an end. The Serb, who completed the Indian Wells-Miami double last month, had been chasing an unprecedented fifth successive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy.  

On Sunday, Stanislas Wawrinka will claim his first Masters 1000 title when Roger Federer will try to capture his first title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. 

 

They said :

Stanislas Wawrinka:I’m not surprised with my game or the way I’m playing. Today was a little bit slower. It was a little bit windy at the beginning. It was important to move well, be aggressive. That was my plan. I started really well. I know when I’m moving well and I can dictate the game, I’m always good against him. I did a really good job, especially at the beginning.

It would be great, for sure, to play a Swiss player, especially Roger. But so far I prefer not to think about the final.  I just won the semifinal.”

Roger Federer:For me it comes as a bit of as surprise to be in the finals of a tournament again this year. Especially the first one on clay.”

It‘s incredible that we are in the finals together with Stan. It matches up at the same tournament. That we are able to have this moment together on a center court. It’s so rare. We’ve played many times, quarters, semis. But this one is clearly very special, especially with the way he’s been playing the last few months. It’s nice living a moment like this. It’s really wonderful.”  

Novak Djokovic: “Just a match to forget for me. It’s unfortunate that when you’re playing at this level against Roger in a big tournament, you are not able to play your game because something else is taking all your energy. This injury has been present for 10 days and I tried no to think about iti and did everything I could really. I was on medications every day, doing different therapies, injections, so forth. But in the end of the day, semi-finals is a good result. But I am disappointed not to be able to play as I could.”

David Ferrer:Stan very good, no? He started the match playing unbelievable. He was better, moved better and was on each ball.”

I never return very good.  In the second set, Stan did a little bit mistakes.  I play with more power with my forehand. But, anyway, Stan was better. He moved better than me, he was on each ball”.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Gilles Simon and Felix Auger Aliassime reach the the semifinal in Marseille

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Defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas edged past Vasek Pospisil 7-5 6-3 after 1 hour and 17 minutes to reach the semifinal at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.

 

Both players stayed neck and neck until 5-5, before Tsitsipas earned his first break, when Pospisil hit a backhand long. The Greek star wrapped up the first set with an ace after 45 minutes.

Tsitsipas claimed his second break at 3-3 with a backhand return and reeled off 10 consecutive points to seal the second set 6-3.

Tsitsipas fired 8 aces and won 26 of his 30 first service points.

“It was not easy. I knew I would have to fight and be dynamic. He plays a very aggressive brand of tennis, so every point has to be treated respectfully. I played with passion and patience, and my fighting spirit, when I am in the right zone. It means good things can happen”, said Tsitsipas.

Gilles Simon cruised through to an upset 6-4 6-0 win over Danil Medvedev to advance to the semifinal. Simon converted five of his six break point chances and lost his serve only once.

The French veteran will take on Felix Auger Aliassime, who beat Egor Gerasimov 7-5 6-2. The young Canadian star broke serve four times and and won 83 % of his first serve points.

Gerasimov earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead, but Auger Aliassime came back by winning two consecutive games to win the opening set 7-5. Auger Aliassime converted his fourth break point in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead and sealed the second set with another break in the eighth game.

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Alexander Bublik reaches his third career semifinal with win over Denis Shapovalov in Marseille

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Alexander Bublik reached the third ATP Tour semifinal of his career after beating Canadian Canadian Next Gen player Denis Shapovalov 7-5 4-6 6-3 after 2 hours and 18 minutes at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.

 

Bublik fended off a total of four break points in the first set, including three chances from 0-40, got the break in the 12th game to close out the first set 7-5, when Shapovalov hit a forehand volley wide at 30-40 after 45 minutes.

Both players traded breaks at the start of the second set. Bublik did not convert three break points at 3-2, when he hit a forehand into the net on his first break point chance. Shapovalov broke serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead with a drop shot and wrapped up the second set with his third ace.

Bublik opened up a 2-0 lead with a break in the second game of the third set. Shapovalov broke straight back in the third game. Bublik got another break lead in the eighth lead at 15, when Shapovalov hit a forehand wide. Bublik sealed the win with a hold at love.

“He is a great player and serve. It was our first match, but I have known him for a very long time. I was happy to break in the first set, then in the second set he was better, and I had my chances in the third and I held on. So I am very happy”,said Bublik.

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Milos Raonic, Steve Johnson, Frances Tiafoe and Ugo Humbert reach the quarter final in Delray Beach

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Milos Raonic hit 11 aces and saved the three break points he faced to beat German Cedrik Marcel Stebe 7-5 6-3 after 1 hour and 36 minutes reaching the quarter final at the Delray Beach, an ATP Tour 250 tournament.

 

Raonic earned a break in each set. Stebe earned a break point in the ninth game with a forehand down the line, but Raonic saved it with a forehand. Raonic faced two more break points in the 11th game, but Raonic saved them with service winners. Raonic earned a break with a forehand down the line winner in the 12th game to close out the first set 7-5. Raonicwon four consecutive points on return to earn a break and closed out the match 6-3 with a hold of serve.

“I got lucky through that first set and then I tried to be a bit more aggressive, create more things and that put a bit more pressure on him. It opened up the match for me a bit more”, said Raonic.

Raonic set up a quarter final against Steve Johnson, who edged past his compatriot Jack Sock 6-4 5-7 6-1 after 2 hours and 5 minutes to reach his first quarter final at ATP Tour level in six months. Johnson came back from losing the second set by racing out to a 5-0 lead.

“This is just one of those tournaments where you feel comfortable coming back every year. It’s great to see Sock back. I thought he played a really good second set and I just got bit of a momentum in the third set”, said Johnson.

French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert edged Miomir Kecmanovic 6-4 7-6 (8-6) after 1 hour and 42 minutes to reach his third quarter final in 2020. Humbert fended off eight of the ten break points he faced and earned three breaks to win the last four games of the first set from 2-4 down. Humbert broke Kecmanovic, as the Serbian player was serving for the second set at 6-5. The Frenchman saved a set point and came back from 5-6 down by winning the final three points of the tie-break to clinch the win after 1 hour and 43 minutes. Humbert has improved his win-loss record this year to 8-3.

“It’s always tough to play against Miomir, because he is a great player. He always plays at a high level. I lost to him last week and I was a little bit stressed before the match, so I am very happy to get the win today. You have to enjoy the victory because it’s not easy every week. Winning in Auckland gave me a lot of confidence. I beat some great players, but I have to continue my improvement every day”,said Humbert.

Humbert will face US player Frances Tiafoe, who battled past Tommy Paul 7-5 7-6 (7-4). Both players stayed neck and neck in the first set until the 11th game when Tiafoe earned a break with a return winner. He served out the set 7-5 with a service winner in the 12th game.

Paul earned a break in the sixth game, but he dropped his serve, while he serving for the set at 5-3. Tiafoe closed out the match with a backhand crosscourt winner at 6-4 in the tie-break.

“It’s never easy playing a good friend. It’s awkward, but I thought it was a pretty good match overall. My forehand was definitely on, so that helped. I am starting to play good tennis again and just competing hard in every match”,said Tiafoe.  

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