Swiss miss as Federer and Wawrinka lose in Monte Carlo

Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:59pm EDT
 
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MONTE CARLO (Reuters) - Former world number one Roger Federer was beaten 6-4 7-6(5) by local favorite Gael Monfils in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on a bad day for the Swiss which also saw Stanislas Wawrinka exit on Thursday.

Defending champion Wawrinka put up only token resistance as his game fell apart in a 55-minute 6-1 6-2 rout at the hands of Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Center Court.

World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia did not face a single break point as he went through with a 6-4 6-0 win over unseeded Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer.

He will meet Croatian eighth seed Marin Cilic who beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 7-6(5).

Third seed Rafa Nadal, who ruled in Monte Carlo from 2005-12, overcame John Isner, but was given a fright.

The Spaniard had to save two set points in the opening set and then found himself pegged back before advancing to the last eight 7-6(6) 4-6 6-3.

Nadal broke decisively in the fourth game of the third set to set up a meeting with Spanish fifth seed David Ferrer or Frenchman Gilles Simon.

Dimitrov will face Monfils in the quarter-finals after the French showman, decked out in green and black stripes, saw off second seed Federer in a high-quality contest.

Federer, beaten by Wawrinka in last year's final, moved 3-1 ahead courtesy of an early break but Monfils hit straight back and then outplayed the Swiss from the baseline to break again at 4-4 before clinching the opener.   Continued...

 
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria (L) shakes hands with Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland after winning their match at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco April 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard