MONACO -- Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time Sunday, rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final. The Australian Open champion had lost his previous two Masters finals and looked like losing a third until Federers level dropped suddenly late in the second set, and Wawrinka began troubling the 17-time Grand Slam champion with his aggressive backhand. The fourth-seeded Federer, who accepted a wild card invitation to play in the tournament, was also looking to win it for the first time after losing his three previous finals here to eight-time champion Rafael Nadal from 2006-08. Wawrinka has beaten Federer only twice in 15 matches but both victories have come here. He also beat him in the third round in 2009. "Its exceptional to be able to win my first Masters title here," Wawrinka said. It was the first time that Federer and Wawrinka met in a championship decider. In the last all-Swiss final, Marc Rosset beat Federer in Marseille in 2000. "Stan was tougher at the end, I think he deserved it just a little bit more," Federer said. "Its a huge win for him after winning his first Grand Slam this year, also to win his first Masters. To take the opportunities when theyre there, thats key in a tennis players career." With the third-seeded Wawrinka serving for the match, Federer shouted in frustration as he missed an easy forehand on second serve at 15-15. On the next point, Federers backhand went wide and Wawrinka clinched the victory with a crisp forehand winner that landed on the line. The players, who are good friends, shared a warm hug at the net. "I had a great week here," Federer said. "Congratulations to Stan." It is the seventh title of the 29-year-old Wawrinkas career, and his third this year. He lost his previous Masters finals at Madrid last year and Rome in 2008. Federer broke for a 3-2 lead when Wawrinkas backhand long, and served out the first set when his countryman over-hit another backhand. Wawrinka secured a break to take a 2-0 lead in the second, but Federer broke straight back with a brilliant passing shot down the line and confidently held to love to send the second set into a tiebreaker. But then he seemed to lose his way. One sloppy backhand from Federer allowed Wawrinka to move 2-0 ahead, and the Australian Open champion moved 4-1 up with a volley at the net. Federer saved two set points at 6-3 but Wawrinka levelled the match with a clinical smash after Federer had returned his serve a bit too high. "I dont think I served quite so well early on in the third set. I think he really found his range and started to hit bigger, deeper. He didnt miss that many second-serve returns anymore," Federer said. "He gave me a couple cheap points in the first couple sets which he later on really didnt give me anymore." Federer was seeking the 79th title of his illustrious career, and his 22nd Masters trophy. The 32-year-old Swiss has lost three of his four finals this year, with the other defeats against Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells and to Lleyton Hewitt at Brisbane. "You must see the positive side. Try not to be disappointed or frustrated," Federer said. "What I see is that if Im in that position again, if I keep trying as I did, at a certain point its going to go my way. If you feel good mentally, then things are going to turn out good." The next two Masters events on clay are at Madrid and Rome leading up to the French Open, which starts on May 25. Cheap Air Max 90 Free Shipping . -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft wanted to keep Logan Mankins with the team for a long time. Paul George Shoes Discount . Louis Blues brought in the premier unrestricted free agent centre, and did it without breaking the bank. http://www.wholesalenikeshoesclearance.c...ving-shoes.html. 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A seven-man committee whittled down an expansive list to three candidates: MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred; Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and Tim Brosnan, MLB Executive Vice-President of Business. "The process has worked just the way I thought it would," Selig said Tuesday at the Orioles home ballpark. "I gave them a great list of names, and these names were on it." To win Thursdays vote, a candidate must receive approval from 23 owners. "A lot of other people are making predictions," Selig said. "Im staying out of that business because I dont know." Asked what would happen if there is an impasse, Selig replied, "This seven-man committee has done really good work. Well see what happens." This is what wont happen: Selig changing his mind and sticking around. "I thought long and hard before I made my announcement in October of last year," he said of the announcement actually made Sept. 26. "I just celebrated my 80th birthday. In life, theres a time to come but theres also a time to go. Im looking forward to that. I have a lot of things planned." Those plans include wwriting an autobiography, teaching at two or three universities and "maybe a little peace and quiet.dddddddddddd" "Its time for baseball to move on and its time for me to move on," he said. "If anybody would have told me back in September of 1992 Id be here 22 1/2, 23 years, that would have not been conceivable. So, Im done." Before he leaves, Selig hopes to see the feud between the Orioles and Washington Nationals TV rights resolved. The Orioles own MASN, which televises Nationals games as a result of an agreement when the team moved from Montreal. The Nationals want higher annual broadcast rights payments from MASN, and the network isnt willing to fork it over. "MASN is an inner-club dispute," Selig said. "Its an important goal before I step down. Weve tried very hard, and well continue to try. Were doing everything we can." As far as Thursdays vote goes, Selig has only one priority. "The only goal Ive really had all along is, when its all over that people can say, Well, it was really fair," Selig said. He was delighted to see that, even though the sport doesnt have a salary cap, small-market teams such as Kansas City, Oakland and Tampa Bay have flourished. "The things we set out to do in the 90s, that was the objective," Selig said. "I always have regarded my job to be to provide hope and faith in as many places as possible. And weve done that. Baseball is better off as a result of it." ' ' '