Stefanos Tsitsipas joins the list of Master 1000 champions after defeating Andrey Rublev to claim the Rolex Monte Carlo crown for his first title of the season. He is in fact the 71st player to win a Masters title since the series began in 1990!
I would consider this the week of my life so far for sure Stefanos Tsitsipas
The world No.5 was in control from the start as he stormed to a 6-3 6-3 victory in just 71-minutes bringing to an end the Russian’s run of winning seven consecutive finals, hitting 18 winners while making 13 unforced errors.
“It’s been an unbelievable week in Monte Carlo. I can’t describe my feelings right now. I’m overwhelmed by so many different emotions and nostalgia,” Tsitsipas said during his on-court interview.
“It’s incredible that I am able to be in the position that I am, and I think we both deserved to be in the final. He (Rublev) put on an amazing fight and an amazing show.
“I would consider this the week of my life so far for sure,” he added.
Appearing in his third Masters 1000 final, the Greek star got off to a dream start at the Monte Carlo Country Club as within ten-minutes, capitalising on some Rublev forehand errors, he took control of the opening set to lead 3-0.
Rublev, who has won more matches than any other player on the Tour this season, managed to regain some rhythm as the set progressed but was unable to slow his rival’s progress.
It was much the same scenario in the second set, as Rublev’s usually aggressive play became a tentative shadow of its former self.
Tied at 1-1, two mistakes from the Russian enabled Tsitsipas to break once again as he extended his stronghold to a set and a break. From then on, it was only a matter of time before the title was his ironically on another Rublev error on his first match point.
“I knew he was going to be a difficult opponent to face and there were a lot of nerves coming into the match,” Tsitsipas commented following his victory. “He always wants to bring the best out of us so playing Andrey was a difficult thing to do.
“I’m just proud of the way I managed to behave and be out on the court today.”
Tsitsipas expects to use his Mediterranean success as a launch pad, declaring hi Monte Carlo Trophy is more important in his eyes than the ATP Tour Finals title he won in London in 2019.
“The clay court season couldn’t start better,” he stated. “It’s the best thing right now winning my first Masters 1000. It’s even more special winning it here on home soil at Monte Carlo and doing it on my favourite surface clay.”