Stefanos Tsitsipas Monte Carlo Masters 2021

Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Andrey Rublev in Monte Carlo to win first Masters 1000 title

Stefanos Tsitsipas produced a superb performance to defeat Andrey Rublev and win his first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo on Sunday.

The world No. 5 won 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 11 minutes after a dominant display in which he won 86% of points on his first serve and 68% behind his second delivery. Tsitsipas did not face a break point and only dropped 10 points on serve.

The 22-year-old raced to a 3-0 lead – breaking Rublev in the second game – and closed the first set out comfortably. He then broke the Russian for 2-1 in the second set and completed the triumph by breaking again with Rublev serving to stay in the match.

“(This is) one of my favourite tournaments. I came here for the first time when I was six years old”, the Greek said in his interview at the trophy presentation.

“(I) kept coming for four or five years in a row after that. It was actually the only tournament that I came to see. So, I don’t know if that was something that was already kind of building up from a very young age.

“But I’m super happy that I’m able to lift that trophy. Watching Rafa (Nadal) and Roger (Federer) play on this court I think every single time I came, which was incredible from both of them.”

(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)

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