Monaco, April 17: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece successfully defended his Monte Carlo Masters title on Sunday, defeating Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3, 7-6(3) to capture his second ATP Masters 1000 crown.
The Greek, appearing in his fourth final at this level, hit his forehands with fierce spin and precision and recovered from failing to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set to capture his first trophy of the season.
With his victory in one hour and 34 minutes, Tsitsipas has become the sixth player to win consecutive Monte Carlo titles in the Open Era, joining Rafael Nadal (2005-12, 2016-18), Juan Carlos Ferrero (2002-03 ), Thomas Muster (1995-96), Bjorn Borg (1979-1980), and Ilie Nastase (1971-1973).
In a standout week, the third seed produced consistent and aggressive tennis to capture his first title since triumphing in Lyon last May.
Tsitsipas beat 2019 champion Fabio Fognini, Laslo Djere and second seed Alexander Zverev in straight sets but survived a major quarter-final scare against Diego Schwartzman, rallying from 0-4 down in the third set to advance.
The 23-year-old, who defeated Andrey Rublev in the championship match in Monte-Carlo last season, will rise to No. 2 in the ATP Race To Turin on Monday. The Greek has now won eight tour-level trophies, four of them on clay.
“I am very proud of myself,” Tsitsipas said in his on-court interview. “Things weren’t going well at one point, but I managed to keep my composure to finish the match. I’m very proud of the confidence I put into my game. Sometimes you doubt yourself, but it’s always important to keep your head.” . high,” he was quoted as saying by the ATP Tour.
“He fought at times that I didn’t expect him to fight,” Tsitsipas said. “He can hit incredible winners out of nowhere and play unpredictably. But I was able to minimize that. I knew he would be a dangerous opponent, but it’s a big win for me. I think we’ll see big results from him in the future.” .”