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Stefanos Tsitsipas Roars To Maiden Masters Title In Monte Carlo

The 22-year-old produced a clinical performance to clinch the biggest clay court title of his career to date.




Stefanos Tsitsipas has become the first Greek player in history to win a Masters 1000 title after dismissing Andrey Rublev in straight sets at the Monte Carlo Masters.


The world No.5 dictated the final from the onset as he roared to a 6-3,6-3, victory to claim his first title of the season. A performance that has ended Rublev’s run of winning seven consecutive finals played on the Tour. The 71-minute triumph saw Tsitsipas hit 18 winners to 13 unforced errors as he won 79% of his service points overall.

“It’s been an unbelievable week in Monte Carlo. I can’t describe my feelings right now. I’m overwhelmed by so many different emotions and nostalgia,” Tsitsipas said during his on-court interview.
“It’s incredible that I am able to be in the position that I am and I think we both deserved to be in the final. He (Rublev) put on an amazing fight and an amazing show.
“I would consider this the week of my life so far for sure.” He added.

Playing in his third Masters 1000 final, Tsitsipas got off to a dream start at the Monte Carlo Country Club. Two games into the showdown, back-to-back Rublev forehand errors enabled the fourth seed to draw blood as he broke en route to a 3-0 lead in just 10 minutes. Rublev, who has won more matches than any other player on the Tour this season, managed to regain some rhythm in his shot-making as the set progressed but was unable to derail his rival. Dropping just one point in three service games, a clinical Tsitsipas clinched the opener with relative ease. Closing it out with the help of a body serve which forced another mistake from his opponent.

It was a case of deja vu in the second frame with the three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist continuing to capitalize on some tentative hitting from across the court. Once again Rublev’s unforced error count cost him but this time it was on the backhand side. Tied at 1-1, two mistakes from the Russian enabled Tsitsipas to break once again as he extended his stronghold to a set and a break. From then on, it was only a matter of time before the title was his. Converting his first match point with the help of another error from Rublev.

“I knew he was going to be a difficult opponent to face and there were a lot of nerves coming into the match,” Tsitsipas said of playing Rublev. “He always wants to bring the best out of us so playing Andrey was a difficult thing to do. Considering it was a final and there was extra stress.’
“I’m just proud of the way I managed to behave and be out on the court today.”

In the immediate aftermath of his win, the new champion wrote ‘all starts from Monte Carlo’ on a TV camera lens. Hinting that he intends to make waves on the clay in the coming weeks. Monte Carlo is the second most prestigious title in Tsitsipas’ career after the 2019 ATP Finals. His triumph occurred at a venue where his mother Julia won a junior title 40 years ago back in 1981.

“The clay court season couldn’t start better,” he stated. “It’s the best thing right now winning my first Masters 1000. It’s even more special winning it here on home soil at Monte Carlo and doing it on my favourite surface clay.”

Tsitsipas has become the 71st Masters 1000 champion in history since the series was created in 1990 and the second this year after Herbert Hurkacz.


French Open Chief: Roger Federer Would have Won Multiple French Open Titles If It Wasn’t For Nadal

Guy Forget also predicts how far the 39-year-old could go in the draw this year.




The decision by Roger Federer to play at the French Open is the most logical step ahead of Wimbledon, according to tournament director Guy Forget.


The 20-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t played a competitive match on the surface since June 2019. Last year he missed most the season due to a right knee injury which required two surgical procedures, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. So far this year he has only played in one tournament which was at the Qatar Open where he reached the semi-finals.

Federer will return to the court next week at the Geneva Open in his native Switzerland. It is the only event he will play before heading to Roland Garros. An event he had only played in once out of the past five editions. Forget, who is a former top 10 player himself, believes the match play is exactly what Federer needs.

“That Roger comes to play Roland Garros seems logical to me. This will allow him to play, and especially to test himself. Clay is a surface that requires you to be precise in your movements. The better Federer is at Roland Garros, the better he will be at Wimbledon,” he told reporters earlier this week.

The Swiss Maestro has only won the French Open once in his career which was back in 2009. Although he has reached the final on four other occasions. It was at the 1999 French Open where he made his main draw debut in a major at the age of 17. Overall, 11 out of Federer’s 103 ATP titles have been won on the clay.

However, Forget believes Federer would have won many more French Open titles if it wasn’t for the formidable Rafael Nadal. A player who has won more ATP trophies on the dirt than any other player in history, including 13 at the French Open alone.

“If Rafael Nadal hadn’t existed Federer would have had at least 5 or 6 titles at Roland, I’m sure of that.” Forget commented.
“Regarding this edition, I think it can happen that he could go into the second week.” He added.

Federer has lost to Nadal in all six of their meetings at the French Open – four times in the final and twice in the semi-finals. He trails their overall head-to-head 16-24.

The French Open will get underway on May 30th.

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Nadal survives three-set marathon with Shapovalov in Rome

Rafael Nadal saved match points to edge out Denis Shapovalov in Rome.




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The King of Clay needed three sets and over three hours to claim the win and avoid an upset.


Rafael Nadal needed three hours and 27 minutes to beat the Canadian Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 at the Italian Open in Rome hitting 29 winners while his counterpart hit 46 unforced errors in the loss.

To everyone’s surprise it was the world number 14 who came out with the faster start earning two breakpoints in the first service game of the match with a stunning forehand winner.

He would break to take an early 1-0 lead and continued to have momentum earning another break and the Spaniard found himself staring at 3-0 defecit.

At 4-1 the world number three would get one of the breaks back but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto native would break one more time at 5-3 on his fourth breakpoint of the game to take the first set.

Once again we saw some really strong play from the Canadian in the beginning of the second set we saw history repeat itself when the world number 14 held serve and get the early break this time with his powerful forehand.

Nadal was fighting to stay in the set and the match and managed to earn a breakpoint but it was quickly saved with a big ace from Shapovalov. The very next game the Canadian had a chance to get another break but this time the Spaniard would deny him the opportunity.

After the world number three held serve he went on the attack looking to go back on serve and after three chances would get the break back. He would end up winning five games in a row and would take the second set to send it to a decider.

The third set remained on serve until 2-1 when the Canadian had a chance to break and he would take to jump out to a 3-1 lead. The break didn’t hold as Nadal came storming back the very next game breaking the world number 14 to love and equaling the set at 3-3.

The set and the match would ultimately be decided by a tiebreaker and in that breaker is when the Spaniard would take over winning it 7-3 to book his spot in the quarterfinals.

He will next face either Alexander Zverev or Kei Nishikori on Friday for a spot in the semifinals.

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Novak Djokovic Moving Into A ‘Good Trajectory’ After Reaching Rome Quarter-Finals

Novak Djokovic admitted that he is on a good trajectory after reaching the last eight in Rome.




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Novak Djokovic has said that he is on a ‘good trajectory’ after moving into the Rome Quarter-Finals.


The world number one moved into the last eight in the Italian capital with a comfortable 6-2 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Despite being broken in the first game, Djokovic rallied back to break on five occasions as he cruised past the Erratic Spaniard.

After 1 hour and 11 minutes, Djokovic’s overall game was too much for Davidovich Fokina as the Serb progressed to his 15th quarter-final in Rome.

After the match in his on-court interview the top seed admitted he is on a good trajectory as he builds momentum towards Roland Garros, “I thought I played well,” Djokovic told the ATP website.

“He started well and broke my serve in the first game. I made some errors, but I managed to break back right away and establish the control and consistency on the court. I think from the back of the court I was just a bit more solid than him.

“He made some unforced errors and double faults in key moments, which obviously helped me get that necessary break forward. I thought I played better, at least 20 or 30 per cent better, than I did against Fritz a few days ago. I am on a good trajectory and hopefully tomorrow will be even better.”

The real test for Djokovic will come tomorrow when he faces top 10 opposition in the last eight.

It will either be Monte-Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas or Madrid finalist and home favourite Matteo Berrettini next up for the world number one.

Djokovic was well aware of the form either of his possible opponents are in heading into tomorrow’s showdown, “My next match will be against a Top 10 player, so it is going to be a battle,” Djokovic explained.

“Both of these guys are in great form. Tsitsipas won Monte-Carlo and Berrettini is just coming off the final in Madrid. I am obviously going to do my best to win that match, whoever I play against.”

In the other result in Rome today, Reilly Opelka reached the quarter-finals with a 7-6(6) 6-4 win over Aslan Karatsev.

The American hit 18 aces as he will now face Felix Auger-Aliassime or Federico Delbonis on Friday.

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