Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka seal all-Swiss title clash in Monte Carlo

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Monte Carlo, Monaco (4E Sports) – Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka dispatched their semifinal rivals Saturday to arrange an all-Swiss final at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Federer ended defending champion Novak Djokovic’s reign with a 7-5, 6-2 win in 75 minutes while Wawrinka downed David Ferrer, 6-1, 7-6(3) to book spots in the final.

It will be the first all-Swiss ATP World Tour final since 2000 Marseille, when Federer fell to Marc Rosset.

Federer is chasing his eighth different ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and 22nd overall while Wawrinka is eyeing his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.

If Federer wins, he will overtake Wawrinka at No. 3 in the ATP Rankings.

Federer has a 13-1 head-to-head record over Wawrinka and has won his past 11 meetings with the Australian Open champion. Wawrinka’s only win over his countryman came here at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in 2009.

“I think it’s incredible that we are in the finals together, the same week we’ve been playing well for some time now. That we’re able to have this moment together on a centre court, it’s so rare,” Federer said.

“It’s nice living a moment like this together in a final. It’s really wonderful. So from that standpoint, I think it’s going to be a great day tomorrow,” added Federer, who extended his head-to-head lead over Djokovic to 18-16.

On the women’s side, Dominika Cibulkova and Donna Vekic defeated their semifinal rivals to arrange a title clash at Malaysian Open.

The top-seeded Cibulkova defeated defending champion Karolina Pliskova, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-3, while Vekic recovered from a slow start en route to a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Zhang Shuai.

“It’s amazing because I didn’t have a great start to the year,” said Vekic. “Until a couple of weeks ago I couldn’t win a match, and now I’m in another final.”

Cibulkova withstood 17 aces from Pliskova to advance to her third final of 2014. She was the surprise runner-up to Li Na at the Australian Open and beat Christina McHale for the Acapulco crown in February.

“I’m playing so well this year,” noted Cibulkova. “I think it’s because I’m just trying to enjoy myself on the court.”

Cibulkova beat Vekic in their only previous meeting — a 6-3, 6-2 triumph in the second round at Indian Wells last month.

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