Stanislas Wawrinka rallied past Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Sunday to win the Monte Carlo Masters and remain the No. 1 Swiss on the ATP Tour.
With the first Masters 1000 title of his career, Wawrinka will stay at No. 3 in Monday’s rankings. If Federer had won his first Monte Carlo title, he would have passed Wawrinka for the No. 3 spot. Instead, Federer will continue at No. 4.
”When I go into a match against them, I think I can beat them. I’m on the court to win,” Wawrinka said of facing the top players. ”I’m more consistent and I have better results. The difference is that now I have more trust in myself.”
Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, won his tour-leading third title of the year and seventh overall. The 29-year-old defeated Federer for only the second time in 15 meetings, with both victories coming in Monte Carlo, where Wawrinka also got the best of his good friend and Davis Cup teammate in 2009.