Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas claims third Monte-Carlo title

Stefanos Tsitsipas secured his third Monte-Carlo title in a commanding fashion on Sunday, defeating Casper Ruud 6-1, 6-4 in the final match of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. The victory marks his third title in four years in his adopted home town.

Known for his stellar performances on the Monte-Carlo courts, Tsitsipas delivered yet another impressive display, captivating the audience on Court Rainier III. With a combination of powerful forehand shots and strategic court movement, he kept Ruud on the defensive throughout the match.

Tsitsipas joins an elite group of players, including Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg, Thomas Muster, and Ilie Nastase, as the fifth player to claim three or more Monte-Carlo titles. Following his triumph, Tsitsipas thanked his family, friends, and team for their support. 

“I had to go out there and show my tennis as I promised every single one of them [my team] I will make the most out of it,” Tsitsipas said. “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.”

Despite arriving at the tournament with a relatively modest record for the year, Tsitsipas showcased his prowess on the clay courts by defeating top-ranked opponents like Alexander Zverev and Jannik Sinner. His victory over Ruud marked the first time since 2018 that he secured three wins against Top 10 players in a single event.

In the final showdown, Tsitsipas dominated with his aggressive playstyle, breaking Ruud’s serve early in the match and maintaining control throughout. Despite Ruud’s efforts to mount a comeback in the second set, Tsitsipas remained resilient, ultimately sealing the win with a combination of skillful shots and unwavering determination.

With an impeccable performance, Tsitsipas saved all eight break points he faced and capitalised on four of his own break opportunities, solidifying his status as a dominant force on the Monte-Carlo stage.


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