Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 5) has opened his clay season in style by winning the Masters 1,000 tournament in Monte Carlo (clay / 2,082,960 euros). In the final, the promising Greek settled with that other youngster Andrey Rublev (ATP 8). It became 6-3 twice. Rublev surprisingly beat clay giant Rafael Nadal (ATP 3) in the quarter-finals.
Tsitsipas broke through Rublev’s service in the second game in the final and after that there were no more breaks, with a 6-3 as a logical consequence. In the second set, a new break followed in the third game. Tsitsipas steamed on and crossed the line after a third break with another 6-3.
The Monte Carlo tournament process took several unexpected turns. In addition to Nadal, number one in the world, Novak Djokovic, had to retire in the eighth finals against Briton Daniel Evans (ATP 33), who also sent David Goffin (ATP 15) home in the next round.
It is title number six for the still only 22-year-old Tsitsipas. His last triumph was in Marseille last year.