Tennis: Ruthless Wawrinka downs Ferrer to reach Monte Carlo final

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates after defeating David Ferrer of Spain during their semi-final match at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco, on April 19, 2014. Third seed Wawrinka produced a ruthless display to beat Spain's David Ferre
Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates after defeating David Ferrer of Spain during their semi-final match at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco, on April 19, 2014. Third seed Wawrinka produced a ruthless display to beat Spain's David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) on Saturday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters tennis final. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MONTE CARLO (REUTERS) - Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka produced a ruthless display to beat Spain's David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) on Saturday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters tennis final.

Australian Open champion Wawrinka, who next faces fellow Swiss Roger Federer or Serb Novak Djokovic, raced through the first set and kept his composure in the second when his opponent raised his level.

Sixth seed Ferrer, who knocked out eight-time French Open champion and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals on Friday, was on the back foot throughout.

"It was the perfect start for me. I played very well in spite of the wind," Wawrinka told Canal Plus TV. "He changed tactics in the second set, being more aggressive, and I became more hesitant but I played tougher then."

Wawrinka quickly opened a 5-0 lead after breaking twice with a passing shot and a forehand return winner. The Swiss, looking to win his first Masters 1000 title, sealed the opening set with a stunning backhand winner down the line.

Ferrer saved a break point in the opening game of the second set but Wawrinka, whose 31 winners made up for 40 unforced errors, accelerated again in the tie-break and prevailed on his second match point when his opponent netted a backhand.