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Wawrinka fights back to seal maiden Masters title

Stanislas Wawrinka

Stanislas Wawrinka came from a set down to beat compatriot Roger Federer and claim victory at the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday.

The Australian Open champion produced a fine comeback to win the first ATP 1000 Masters title of his career with a 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 success.

Federer had crushed world number two Novak Djokovic in the semi-final and looked to have carried that momentum into the tournament showpiece as he struck the first blow in the fifth game of the first set.

World number three Wawrinka flashed a cross-court backhand wide to give Federer the advantage and it was one that the 17-time grand slam champion did not waste as he stood firm to break serve and move into the lead.

Wawrinka made a flying start to the second set by winning the first two games, only for Federer to display excellent resiliency and break back.

Both players then remained strong on serve to force a tie-break that was dominated by Wawrinka as he displayed the kind of form that led him to a maiden grand slam victory in Melbourne in January.

From there Federer's challenge completely fell away, Wawrinka controlling proceedings in the decider to move 4-0 ahead.

Federer was able to register on the scoreboard in the third, but never looked like troubling the serve of Wawrinka, who demonstrated superb firepower from the back of the court in an excellent third-set showing.

And the 29-year-old duly wrapped up a marvellous victory in consummate fashion, winning his final service game and ensuring his seventh career title with a fantastic cross-court forehand.

"It's been an amazing week, to win for this first Masters is something very special," Wawrinka said.

"It's incredible to play a final against you (Federer) and to win is even more special."

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