MONTE CARLO, Monaco: Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka eased into the Monte Carlo Masters final on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), setting up the first all-Swiss title showdown in 14 years.
Federer, who has never won the trophy in the principality, beat Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 as the defending champion and world number two struggled with a right wrist injury which limited his serving to the 150kph range.
Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, saw off David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6 (7/3), a day after the Spaniard stunned eight-time champion compatriot Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.
Federer featured in the last all-Swiss final when he lost to Marc Rosset in the 2000 Marseille decider, back in the days when the 17-time Grand Slam title winner was still a raw teenager.
Federer, a loser in three Monte Carlo finals to Nadal, will be making his first title bid in the tournament since 2008.
“It comes as a bit of a surprise to be in the finals, especially the first one on clay,” said Federer.
Djokovic’s loss ended a 13-match win streak and a run of 23 in a row at the Masters level.