Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters (Yahoo Sports)

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, returns the ball to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time Sunday, rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final. The Australian Open champion had lost his previous two Masters finals and looked like losing a third until Federer’s level dropped suddenly late in the second set, and Wawrinka began troubling the 17-time Grand Slam champion with his aggressive backhand. The fourth-seeded Federer, who accepted a wild card invitation to play in the tournament, was also looking to win it for the first time after losing his three previous finals here to eight-time champion Rafael Nadal from 2006-08. Wawrinka has beaten Federer only twice in 15 matches but both victories have come here.