Wawrinka new king of the court in Monte-Carlo

“Stan is the man” defeating compatriot Federer to win his first Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

Third seed and Swiss no. 1 Stanislas Wawrinka proved he was the best man on the court yesterday by winning his first Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo by overpowering countryman Roger Federer ranked World no. 4 and denying him a first win here. Federer prevailed in the first set 4-6 and had chances to close the second but Wawrinka recovered and took it from him at 7-6 (5) and proceeded to win the third set by a landslide at 6-2. The Australian Open champion is more than ready for Roland Garros scheduled for May 25-June 8 in Paris. “I can see that when mentally I’m there and I’m fighting, I can play tennis, I can beat all the players,” Wawrinka told reporters. Fourth seeded Federer who had dismissed a wounded defending champion Djokovic in the semis, put a brilliant show for nearly an hour for his many fans at the sold out Monte-Carlo Country Club, but he was overpowered by his tough adversary, as Wawrinka’s shots were deep and literally forced Federer back from his baseline and inhibited him from charging back. This victory improves Wawrinka to 2-13 against Federer in their all-time head-to-head with both triumphs on the Monte-Carlo red clay, proving that Federer is stronger except in Monte-Carlo.

Friends and rivals

It was a first to see Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka practicing together just before the match, with Severin Luthi (Swiss Davis Cup Team coach) feeding balls to both, proving that the two top players are very good friends on and off the court. At the end of the match Federer was the first to embrace his opponent and congratulate him for his great performance, applauding him and smiling when Wawrinka received the trophy from HSH Prince Albert. Both promised to come back to Monte-Carlo next year and we do hope so. Zeljko Franulovic tournament Director extraordinaire will always keep a wild card up his sleeve for Roger in case he hesitates.

The American duo Bryan-Bryan conquer the doubles finals trophy

Mike Bryan becomes the first player to secure 100 tour-level doubles titles after he and twin brother Bob Bryan win the finals in Monte-Carlo, seizing their 98th team title by dismissing the Croatian/Brazilian third seeded pair of Dodig-Melo 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 in an exciting tie-break in 72 minutes. ‘It’s amazing to hit triple digits….” said Mike Bryan and added: “It will feel a lot better when we do it as a team. We’ve always looked at our career as team titles, doing it together. That’s the huge goal for this year, to do it together.” The 35 year olds from California have been enjoying a great run and have not lost since the Memphis final in February, conquering titles in Delray Beach, Indian Wells, Miami and Houston before coming to Monte-Carlo. The twins are the leaders with 29 ATP World Tour Master 1000 titles together under their belt. Former US tennis player Casey Powers who is originally from Monaco and son of Mike Powers was the most vocal fan from the Prince’s Box supporting his friends together with the Prince and Princess. As recognition for his unrelenting encouragement the Bryan brothers offered him a duplicate of the Doubles trophy. Casey proposed to pose for a photo with the cups together. Vamos Casey!

Swiss fans were the winners throughout the match

Ball boys/girls, photographers and doves

The voice of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

Marc Maury is a French decathlete and rugby player who became an actor then turned into international sports commentator and athletic consultant on Canal+. He worked for the International Federation of Athletism as speaker, and continued to be one of the French voices of the world championships. As for tennis it was in 1994 that he first animated the Masters of Paris-Bercy, and it was in 1995 that he started presenting the Monte-Carlo Masters and in 2004 he became the voice of Roland Garros. Marc Maury is one of the greatest sports presenters and an essential presence in the tournament in Monte-Carlo.

Congratulations on a job well done!

Congratulations to Zeljko Franulovic and his team for a flawless organization of the best Masters 1000 in the magnificent grounds of the Monte-Carlo Country Club with a top record attendance of 131.742! Bravo for the loyal sponsors that make it possible to continue putting a great show, without forgetting all the volunteers that gladly give their time. I have to say that Franulovic did some magic with the weather as it was menacing to rain on his parade, but just a few drops interrupted the final match for a few minutes and then the sun decided to make a come back and illuminated the trophy ceremony for a perfect finale! It was only those of us who decided to go celebrate with champagne in the VIP village that got wet when it started pouring around 7:00pm but we did not complain! And a special thank you for turning the club back to the members in no time so we can get back on the courts inspired by 10 days of superb tennis! But to make sure I will play well I bought the largest racquet I could find in the village!

 

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