MONACO (AP) — Roger Federer will try to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time and Stanislas Wawrinka his first Masters title anywhere when they meet in an all-Swiss final on Sunday.
Federer ousted defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday, after Wawrinka had beaten sixth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 6-1, 7-6 (3).
Sunday's match will be the first all-Swiss final since Marc Rosset beat Federer in Marseille in 2000, and the first time that Federer and Wawrinka meet in a championship decider.
"I think it's incredible that we are in the finals together, the same week we've been playing so well," Federer said. "I know Spaniards have it, French guys have it, Americans might have it. But for us it's so rare. Last time was 14 years ago. I played so many matches in the meantime ... You think it's never going to happen again."
The odds appear stacked against Australian Open champion Wawrinka, who trails 13-1 overall against 17-time Grand Slam winner Federer. Wawrinka has lost his previous two Masters finals — at Madrid last year and Rome six years ago.
But he will take heart from the fact his only win against Federer was here, in the third round, back in 2009 — although Federer had other things on his mind back then.
"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 (record) against him. I don't read that much into it. He's a different caliber player now."
Federer looked in good touch against Djokovic but conceded that the Serb — who had a right-wrist injury — was not at his best.
"I feel like I have put in the performance to be there, gave myself the opportunity this week. So I'm very happy with my play. Of course, I did see that Novak was struggling," Federer said. "Now I set up the dream final for Stan and myself and Swiss tennis and the Swiss fans. It's very exciting times right now."
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