Monte Carlo is one of, if not the most spectacular setting for a tennis tournament on the ATP Tour, and despite no crowds on site in the past week (Prince Albert still was able to find his way into the Royal Box) it has once again produced a worthy champion and it wasn’t Rafael Nadal.
Stefanos Tsitsipas collected his first ATP Masters 1000 title in his 3rd attempt defeating Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3.
The Greek dropped just four points on his serve to capture the 2nd biggest title of his career after winning the ATP Finals in 2019. He now heads the ATP Race to Turin, not dropping a set all week at the picturesque Monte-Carlo Country Club.
“I had an unbelievable week in Monte-Carlo,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match interview. “I can’t describe my feelings right now. I am overwhelmed by so many different emotions and nostalgia. It is incredible that I am able to be in the position that I am. We both deserved to be in the final. We put on an amazing fight and an amazing show… I would consider it as the [best] week of my life so far.”
The win gives Tsitsipas a 4-3 head to head over Rublev, who still has the best win loss record of the men on tour in 2021 – 24-5, with Tsitsipas closing the gap moving to a 22-5 record.
For Rublev, he walks away having taking the scalp of the king of clay Rafael Nadal in the quarter finals, and with the season he is having a maiden Masters 1000 title is certainly achievable.
As a side note, Tsitsipas is not the first member of his family to triumph at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. His mother, Julia Salnikova, won a junior title at the venue in 1981.
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