Federer advances to Monte Carlo finals

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Federer advances to Monte Carlo finals

Roger Federer ousted defending Monte Carlo Masters champion Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 Saturday, and the second-ranked Serb said he plans to take a break to let his injured wrist heal.

Federer will try to win the event for the first time in an all-Swiss final against Stanislas Wawrinka, who defeated David Ferrer of Spain 6-1, 7-6 (3).

Djokovic described soreness in his right wrist at the start of the week. The heavily taped wrist seemed to bother him more toward the end of the first set, and he served slower throughout the second.

“I just rest now. I cannot play tennis for some time. How long, I don’t know,” Djokovic said. “I’m going to rest and see when it can heal 100 percent, then I will be back on the court.”

Federer is aiming for his first Monte Carlo win after losing three consecutive finals to eight-time champion Rafael Nadal from 2006-08. The final Sunday will be the first all-Swiss affair since Marc Rosset beat Federer in Marseille in 2000, and the first meeting between Federer and Wawrinka for a title. Wawrinka, who trails Federer 13-1 overall, earned his only win against him here in 2009 in the third round.

AP

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