Surprise Defeat Of No.2 Federer By Wawrinka In Monte-Carlo
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - The surprise action on Centre Court yesterday at the 2009 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters was the early defeat of the No. 2 ranked Roger Federer of Switzerland by Stanislas Wawrinka (see photo), and also from Switzerland. It was an excellent match to watch as Wawrinka, ATP ranked No. 16 in the world, delivered extremely good returns to the applied skills of Federer's serves and volleys. Wawrinka defeated Federer (6-4, 7-5). One felt Federer was about to change the momentum of the game back to his favour nearing the end of the second set, but Wawrinka did not succumb to it, and he continued to put pressure on Federer to take the win.
At Stanislas Wawrinka's post-game press conference, he said it was an excellent result for himself, and probably the best of his career. He thought that he was just playing better than his good friend Federer. Stanislas said about Federer game strategy, "he always tries to break your rhythm and to mix it up a lot. I was there agressive with my footwor and I was coming early on the ball."
Wawrinka's upcoming opponent will be Germany's, Andreas Beck, who is aged 23, and ranked No. 89 in the world. The match is expected to be closely watched today to see if Wawrinka can continue his progress towards the finals. Roger Federer was a true gentleman in his post-game conference after the Wawrinka match. He said that Stan had played better than he had yesterday, and that he is now achieving his true potential after struggling in the past to break through the field.