On the ATP Tour in Monte Carlo, it promises to be a blockbuster final later tonight AEST, after Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev booked their place in the final overnight.
Tsitsipas brought to an end the dream run of Brit Dan Evans in comprehensive fashion 6-2 6-1 to reach his 1st Masters 1000 final since Madrid 2019.
The two-time Masters 1000 finalist broke Evans serve on five occasions in the match and is through to his second final of the year, following his runner-up finish in Acapulco last month to Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
“I am indeed pleased with the performance,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match interview. “I found ways to play at my best. It was really difficult to maintain my level of consistency and I am really happy I managed to deal with all the different moments during the match. I had a lot of opportunities to hit the forehand and think how I wanted to construct the point."
Andrey Rublev guaranteed his spot in a first ATP Masters 1000 final defeating Casper Ruud of Norway 6-3, 7-5 on the back of his amazing victory over 11-time former champion Rafael Nadal in the quarters.
21 winners flew off the Rublev racquet, who like Tstisipas continues his impressive form this season. We know he has made his mark at ATP 500 level, so this is the next evolution for the Russian to conquer a 1000 title, but equally plenty at stake for the Greek to make it 3rd time lucky.
Such a shame there will be no crowd on hand to witness what should be a great final. The Head to Head is 3-3 (1-1 on clay). They have had some great battles already on big stages since 2018 and this should be no different.
While the impressive singles week for Brit Dan Evans has come to a close, he will feature in the doubles decider with fellow countryman Neal Skupski up against Croatian 2nd seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.
Looking ahead post Monte Carlo, the ATP tour will shift to Barcelona and Belgrade for the upcoming week.
Aussies duo Alex De Minaur and Jordan Thompson will feature in the Barcelona main draw, the Demon has the 1st round bye and will play the winner of Spaniard Davidovic Fokina or the Kazak Bublik, while Thompson will play French veteran and former world number 7 and grand slam semi finalist Richard Gasquet in the first round.
Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman will lead an impressive field.
In Belgrade, John Millman will face Serbian Wildcard Danilo Petrovic in the first round while Alexei Popyrin awaits a qualifier. World Number 1 Novak Djokovic will headline the field on home soil alongside Italian Matteo Berrettini and the must watch Russian Aslan Karatsev.
On the ATP Challenger Circuit, the Aussie quartet of Alex Bolt, Aleksandar Vukic, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Bernard Tomic will play on the red clay in Rome with Matt Reid to feature in the doubles with another new partner for the year, Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky.
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