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Stefanos Tsitsipas claims third Monte Carlo Masters title ‘is more special than the first or second’

Stefanos Tsitsipas has claimed his third Monte Carlo Masters title in four years, after the Greek beat Casper Ruud in the final.

Tsitsipas beat the Norwegian, 6-1 6-4, to claim his first title of any sort since winning the Los Cabos Open in August last year.

The two-time Grand Slam finalist had endured relatively mixed results so far this year before the Monte Carlo tournament, winning only 65% of his matches and falling outside the top 10 for the first time since 2019.

However, the 25-year-old returned to form this week and dropped only one set en route to his third Monte Carlo Masters title.

After all of his recent struggles, Tsitsipas revealed that this is his most ‘special’ of the three Monte Carlo titles, “It has been very difficult, so to be back on the podiums, winning tournaments just feels amazing. I am extremely grateful for every person behind this journey.

“The trinity is even more special than the first or second time. This is an unbelievable win for me. Capturing that win today was nerve-wracking. I really wanted this trinity. I am extremely happy today.”

Tsitsipas added, “I had to go out there and show my tennis as I promised every single one of [my team] I will make the most out of it. I am glad I presented on court and showed some ruthless tennis. From the beginning to the end, my play was cohesive and I was able to blend in a lot of different shots.”

As a result of winning his 11th career title, Tsitsipas will return to the top 10 at a ranking of world No.7 and is now expected to head to the Barcelona Open where he is a three-time runner-up.

Inside the baseline…

It was a very impressive week from Stefanos Tsitsipas, especially in a year when he has had some quite relatively poor results given his high standards. And it was clear to see how much it meant to him given his emotional reaction after the match. Sometimes players just have tournaments and environments that suit them, and that just seems to be the case for Tsitsipas at the Monte Carlo Masters. It will be interesting to see if Tsitsipas uses this as a springboard for the rest of the clay court season or if this is more of an anomaly for the Greek this year.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.