‘I still have plenty left in me,’ says Stefanos Tsitsipas ahead of Monte-Carlo final

Stefanos Tsitsipas says he is feeling energised and focused ahead of the Masters 1000 final in Monte-Carlo tomorrow and it’s a dream come true. 

Tsitsipas faces Andrey Rublev in the final, who has been on an incredible run of late, which included eliminating 11-time Monte Carlo Champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal.

The Russian has a current record is 24-4 this season, the ATP Tour’s best, but Sunday’s match will be the Russian’s first Masters 1000 Final.

Meanwhile this is the third Masters Final for Tsitsipas, who is hoping to go one better this time after previously losing finals to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The clash couldn’t be tighter in terms of previous meetings, with a 3-3 head to head deadlock between Tsitsipas and Rublev. Fittingly they are also tied 1-1 in clay-court clashes.

Tsitsipas, seeded fourth in the tournament, says the fact he’s been able to win in straight sets throughout will give him a big advantage and he has lots of energy left in the tank.

“I’m feeling good,” said Tsitsipas, “I’m feeling energised. I still have plenty of gas and energy left in me.

“I was able to have all of my matches done in two sets, so that is I would say a big plus. I am happy to be able to play that way, just take it match by match, approach each individual match with the same intensity and energy… I’m really focused for tomorrow.

“Obviously, it is important to elevate my game and try and push it to the limits.

“I really, really want to be in that position where I come close to winning big tournaments like this. It’s a dream of mine to be playing in the final, honestly.”

Whoever wins the clash will take the first spot in the ATP Race to Turin, for one of the eight spots in the the ATP Finals in November.

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