Tsitsipas breaks Masters duck

19 April 2021 19:54:09 GMTPlus10

Stefanos Tsitsipas claimed his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title after recording a routine 6-3 6-3 victory over Andrey Rublev in Sunday's Monte Carlo final.

Appearing in his third final at Masters 1000 level, the Greek world number five finally got the victory he craved as he took just 71 minutes to overcome his Russian challenger.

It is the second biggest title of Tsitsipas' career after his triumph at the ATP Finals in London in 2019, and the victory will see him rise to first position in the rankings for the FedEx ATP Race To Turin.

The 22-year-old did not drop a set throughout the tournament at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, having previously accounted for Aslan Karatsev, Cristian Garin and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

The fourth seed claimed early breaks in each set and dominated on serve to close the gap on Rublev at the top of the 2021 wins leaderboard - they are the only two players to have claimed 20 or more victories this season.

It caps off a stellar year so far for the in-form Tsitsipas, who has now secured six ATP Tour titles.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Tsitsipas said: "I had an unbelievable week in Monte-Carlo. 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."

He added: "We put on an amazing fight and an amazing show… I would consider it as the [best] week of my life so far."

The Greek youngster is back in action in Barcelona next week.

Tsitsipas is a three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist and is 8.00 to claim a first Major title at the French Open, which gets underway in May.

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