Stefanos Tsitsipas, on Sunday, successfully defended his Monte Carlo Masters crown after defeating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in the final. It was a highly impressive victory for the Greek as he now looks to make a mark at the Barcelona Open. With the French Open only a few weeks away, Tsitsipas will be looking to take his game to the next level.
Speaking of clay, Rafael Nadal, perhaps the greatest clay maestro of all time, heaped praise on the 23-year-old. The King of Clay took to Instagram to congratulate Tsitsipas, calling his Monte Carlo win a ‘great achievement.’
Tsitsipas, on the other hand, has his eyes set on being one of the two best players in the world at the end of the season. “I can definitely have a great season and maybe finish it in the top two. This year I really want to have good results on grass and on hard courts because I am sure I can score big ATP points there,” the current world no. 5 said.
“If I manage to win matches there with as much consistency as on clay, I think I have a great chance of finishing the year in the top two. It’s one of my big goals,” he added.
Stefanos Tsitsipas won the Monte-Carlo Masters for the second time on Sunday, defeating Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3, 7-6(3) to win his second ATP Masters 1000 title. The Greek, who was playing in his fourth final at this level, used fierce topspin and accuracy on his forehands and came back from a 5-4 deficit in the second set to win his first trophy of the season.
“I am very proud of myself,” Tsitsipas said in his on-court interview. “Things weren’t going well at one point, but I managed to stay composed to finish the match off. I am really proud with the belief I put in my game. Sometimes you doubt yourself, but it is always important to keep your head high.”
“He fought in moments I didn’t expect him to fight,” the Greek said. “He can hit incredible winners out of nowhere and play unpredictably. But I was able to minimise that. I knew he would be a dangerous opponent but that is a great win for me. I think we will see great results from him in the future.”