Andrey Rublev gave a frank answer when asked why he lost the Monte-Carlo Masters final to Stefanos Tsitsipas – ‘he was just better than me’ said the Russian.
It was Rublev’s first Masters 1000 final, but the third for Tsitsipas, and both players had a strong week leading up to Sunday’s final.
Tsitsipas had an immaculate tournament, not dropping a single set, although his quarterfinal opponent Alejandro Davidovich Fokina did have to retire after losing the first set.
Meanwhile Rublev, had a tougher run, with two three set matches against Roberto Bautista Agut and 11-time former Monte-Carlo Champion Rafael Nadal.
Their previous head-to-head encounters were deadlocked at 3-3, including one win each on clay, so the clash was expected to be a tight one.
However, Tsitsipas dominated from the start of the match, winning early breaks in each set and not allowing Rublev to find his rhythm, with the Greek winning 6-3, 6-3.
After the match Rublev said he was disappointed with the final but happy in general with the tournament.
“I feel happy with the week, and I feel super sad with the final, that I couldn’t show the game [I have]. I couldn’t show fight,” said Rublev.
“I didn’t win, but of course I’m happy with the week because I beat so many great players. I beat one of the best players in history. It’s a special week.”
When asked about his opponent, Rublev said that although Tsitsipas was better on the day, he hopes it is a rivalry that continues for a long time.
“He was just better than me”, said Rublev.
“He is the one from the top players that I [have been] playing the most.
“We played already [a] couple of finals, [and a] couple of important matches. I have more stories of matches [against] him compared [to] other players.
“I hope it’s the beginning of something. I hope I will also be able to win some of them.”
“It’s my first tournament on clay and I already [reached a] final, my first final [at a] Masters 1000,” said Rublev.
“It’s a great beginning. I hope I can show great game every week.”
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