Monte Carlo, Monaco (SportsNetwork.com) - Stanislas Wawrinka captured his first ATP Masters 1000 title with a comeback win against Roger Federer in Sunday's all-Swiss Monte Carlo final.
The third-seeded Wawrinka rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win, ending an 11- match losing streak to his countryman. His only other victory in 14 prior meetings came at this tournament in 2009.
"It's always special to play Roger," Wawrinka said. "We know it's always a strange match, especially being in the final here. He's my best friend on the tour. We respect each other so much. I'm just trying on the court to win the match. Before and after, we are still very good friends. During the match, we just try everything to win. Today I'm really happy to take that one."
Wawrinka became the first player to win three titles this season, adding to his surprising triumph at the Australian Open and championship run in Chennai.
The 29-year-old Wawrinka appeared in his third Masters final. He lost to Novak Djokovic in Rome in 2008 and fell to Rafael Nadal in last year's Madrid title match.
Meanwhile, for the fourth-seeded Federer, it was another runner-up finish at this clay court event. Federer lost three straight years (2006-08) in the final to Nadal, and Monte Carlo remains one of three ATP Masters 1000 tournaments he has yet to win.
"I think it's one of the those finals that I could have won, but Stan was tougher at the end," Federer said. "I think he deserved it just a little bit more."