• Monte Carlo Masters

Wawrinka reaches first Masters final

ESPN staff
April 19, 2014
Stanislas Wawrinka is on course for his Masters crown © Getty Images

Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka reached the Monte Carlo Masters final after beating David Ferrer 6-1 7-6(3) on Saturday.

Although the third-seeded Wawrinka made a string of unforced errors - 40 compared to 12 for Ferrer - he hit far more winners (31-8) in beating Ferrer for the third straight match.

Sixth-seeded Ferrer looked in good form when he beat eight-time champion Rafael Nadal in Friday's quarter-finals, but was unable to withstand Wawrinka's aggressive approach and spent much of the match pinned behind the baseline.

Wawrinka remains on course for his third title of the season, the fourth of his career on clay and his first in any Masters event.

Wawrinka will now face fellow Swiss Roger Federer in the final after he defeated reigning champion Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-2.

This article originally appeared on ESPN.com

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