Stefanos Tsitsipas has won his first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo and says he is feeling overwhelmed by emotions and nostalgia.
Tsitsipas beat Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3 in Sundays final and was in formidable form all week, not dropping a single set all tournament.
It was third time lucky for Tsitsipas who has previously lost two Masters finals to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
The head to head stats going into the match showed a deadlock 3-3 between Tsitsipas and Rublev, but it was the Greek who dominated the match from the off claiming early breaks in each set and never letting up.
On winning the match, Tsitsipas fell to his knees in celebration before running to his family for congratulations from father, Apostolos, who is also his coach and mother Julia (Salnikova) who was herself a Monte-Carlo junior title winner in 1981.
“I had an unbelievable week in Monte-Carlo,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match interview.
“I can’t describe my feelings right now. I am overwhelmed by so many different emotions and nostalgia. It is incredible that I am able to be in the position that I am.
“We both deserved to be in the final. We put on an amazing fight and an amazing show… I would consider it as the [best] week of my life so far.”
On his opponent Rublev, who currently has the best ATP record this season of 24-4, Tsitsipas said he’s a player who always brings out the best in him.
“I knew that he was going to be a very difficult opponent to face,” said Tsitsipas.
“There were a lot of nerves coming into that match. [We] always want to bring the best out of [ourselves] when facing each other.
“Playing Andrey was a very difficult thing to do today, also considering that it was a final.
“There is extra stress and extra importance in the match that we had to play. [I am] definitely proud of the way I managed to behave and be out on the court today.
“The clay court season couldn’t have started better,” Tsitsipas concluded.
“It is the best thing winning my first Masters 1000 and it is even more special doing it here on home soil in Monte-Carlo and doing it on clay, which is my favourite surface.”
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