Tsitsipas wins second Monte Carlo title, rises to World No.2
- 1st player currently under 33y to defend a Masters or GS title
- 2nd title defence of his career (Marseilles 19 to 20)
- 4th title on clay
- 8th career title
Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas successfully defended his Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters title Sunday, dispatching Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3, 7-6(3).
It was his second ATP Masters 1000 crown.
“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.”
The Greek, who was appearing in his fourth final at this level, struck his forehands with fierce topspin and accuracy and recovered from failing to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set to capture his first trophy of the season.
“He fought in moments I didn’t expect him to fight,” Tsitsipas 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.