‘We have had many battles,’ says Andrey Rublev on Stefanos Tsitisipas ahead of Monte-Carlo final

Andrey Rublev says he is feeling great ahead of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters 1000 final against Stefanos Tsitsipas but says he’s expecting a battle.

Rublev is in incredible form right now, his current record is 24-4 this season, the ATP Tour’s best, and he has won 65 out of his last 79 matches. Sunday’s final will be the Russian’s first Masters 1000 Final.

Meanwhile this is the third Masters Final for his opponent, Tsitsipas, who will be 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 Rublev and Tsitsipas. Fittingly they are also tied 1-1 in clay-court clashes.

Their most recent encounter was in the semi-final of Rotterdam last month which resulted in a straight sets win for Rublev who then went on to win the title.

Rublev knows that the clash will be a tough one, but hopes that they put on a great match.

“I’m feeling great and happy to play one more final, especially my first ATP Masters [1000] final,” said Rublev.

“It’s going to be tough match. We [have] already had many battles with each other last year. Some of them he won, some of them I won. Most of them were super tough three-set matches.

“I hope we will show great tennis [tomorrow] and people will enjoy [it].”

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