An all-Swiss duel this Sunday, Prince Albert plays friendly match and Falcao pays a visit

Federer will face countryman Wawrinka in the finals

Stanislas Wawrinka played an unbelievable match against Spaniard David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6(3), conquering his 100th Masters-1000 win as he set an all Swiss final against three-time finalist Roger Federer who is back with a vengeance and dethroned reigning champion Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2. Second-ranked Serb said he plans to take a break to let his injured wrist heal. Wawrinka is 1-13 Head2Head record against countryman Federer, and his only one win was on clay at the Monte-Carlo Country Club back in 2009. “I was basically on my honeymoon. I married on Saturday and I came over here and played him like on Thursday.” Federer said. “I know I have a good head-to-head against him. I don’t read that much into it. He’s a different caliber player today.” The first all-Swiss final in history was back in 2000 in Marseille when Federer lost to Marc Rosset. Federer is aiming for his first Monte-Carlo win after losing three consecutive finals to eight-time champion Rafael Nadal.

In the doubles finals first seeded brothers Bryan-Bryan from the USA will face the pair Dodig-Melo from Croatia and Brazil respectively who are seeded third. The Bryan’s are on a 20-match winning streak and hope to win their fifth title in a row after Delray Beach, Indian Wells, Miami and Houston leading into Monte-Carlo. As a team they are chasing their 98th tour-level title, while Mike Bryan would like to become the first player to claim 100 doubles trophies. The match is scheduled to start at 12:30 in center court followed at 15:00 by the singles finals.

A royal match

As it is the tradition during the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters HSH Prince Albert was on the court today. He playing a friendly doubles match having as teammates former professional tennis player turned commentator Tatiana Golovina, French TV journalist and writer Patrick Poivre d’Arvor better known as PPDA and Arnaud Boetsch former French tennis player who reached his highest ATP singles ranking of World No. 12 in April 1996, and who currently works as a tennis commentator for France Televisions and is Director of Image and Communications for Rolex, main sponsor of the tournament.

Falcao at the tennis Masters

Radamel Falcao better known as El Tigre, considered one of the world top strikers that currently playls for the ASM Monaco Football Club was at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters today meeting Roger Federer after his victory over current title holder Novak Djokovic. The  was accompanied by his wife  singer Lorelei Taron. It was a real pleasure to talk to Falcao who said he is recovering well from his left knee surgery and remains hopeful of playing in the World Cup in Brazil in June, and also meet his lovely wife as we are both from Argentina. I found out some interesting information about their names: Radamel Falcao Garcia Zarate prefers to use his second name Falcao that derives from the 1980’s Brazil, International and Roma legend Paulo Roberto Falcao, as a tribute from his father Radamel Garcia. As for his wife’s name Lorelei, it was given by her parents because like sirens she would conquer people’s hearts with her beautiful voice.

Results for Saturday, 19 April

Singles – Semi-finals

[4] [WC] R Federer (SUI) d [2] N Djokovic (SRB) 75 62

[3] Wawrinka (SUI) d [6] D Ferrer (ESP) 61 76(3)

Doubles – Semi-finals

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [5] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 76(5) 63

[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) 63 16 10-6

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