Tsitsipas beats Rublev in Monte Carlo for first Masters 1000 title – Sportsnet.ca


MONACO — Stefanos Tsitsipas received the Monte Carlo Masters with out dropping a set, beating Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday for his first title this yr and sixth total.

Fourth-seeded Tsitsipas was in dominant kind as he edged 4-3 forward of the sixth-seeded Russian of their profession conferences, having additionally overwhelmed him on clay final yr within the French Open quarterfinals.

“I had an unbelievable week. It’s unbelievable that I’m able to be within the place that I’m … I might think about it as the very best week of my life thus far,” Tsitsipas stated. “There have been lots of nerves coming into that match. Enjoying Andrey was a really tough factor to do right this moment, additionally contemplating that it was a last. I’m undoubtedly pleased with the way in which I managed to behave on the court docket.”

Tsitsipas additionally clinched his first Masters title.

“It’s much more particular doing it right here in Monte Carlo and doing it on clay, which is my favorite floor,” he stated.

The 22-year-old Greek received his final title in February final yr on the Open 13 indoor event in Marseille — simply weeks earlier than France went into lockdown for the primary time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 23-year-old Rublev was aiming for his second title of the yr, his first at Masters degree and ninth total. He had produced an audacious show to defeat report 11-time champion Rafael Nadal on Friday, and additional affirm why he is among the rising stars of tennis.

After successful the ATP Cup with Russia, Rublev reached the quarterfinals on the Australian Open after which received the ABN AMRO World Tennis Event in Rotterdam final month for his fourth title in seven months. Since Rotterdam, he’s reached 4 consecutive semifinals, together with Monte Carlo.

However he couldn’t even get a break level in opposition to Tsitsipas, who raised a trophy on the Monte-Carlo Nation Membership 40 years after his Russian mom did so.

Julia Salnikova — a former Fed Cup participant for the Soviet Union — received a junior title on the identical venue in 1981.

“I can’t describe my emotions proper now,” Tsitsipas stated. “I’m overwhelmed by so many alternative feelings and nostalgia.”


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