Andrey Rublev: 'Stefanos Tsitsipas Destroyed Me In Monte Carlo'

‘Stefanos Tsitsipas destroyed me in Monte Carlo’

Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas battled for a place in the ATP Finals semi-final in Turin. It was their 11th meeting on Tour, and the Russian scored a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 triumph in one hour and 42 minutes to beat the Greek for the fifth time.

Andrey and Stefanos have had some exciting battles in the last four years, with many meeting over the distance. Although he feels good about this victory, Rublev admitted that he suffered a heavy defeat in the Monte Carlo final last year.

Tsitsipas defeated Rublev 6-3, 6-3 in 71 minutes for his first Masters 1000 crown at 22. Stefanos dropped ten points in nine service games, never facing a break point and mounting the pressure on Andrey. The Russian defeated Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud to reach the final, but didn’t stand a chance against the Greek.

Tsitsipas hit 18 game winners and 13 unforced errors, leading in all segments and topping the top with three breaks to his tally. Stefanos clinched the opening game with a service winner after two and secured a break in the next after Rublev’s forehand error.

Setting a good pace, Tsitsipas brought the third game home with another unreturned serve before Rublev put his name on the scoreboard with a forehand winner a few minutes later.

Stefanos Tsitsipas won his first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo 2021.

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5 fired three service winners in the fifth game to open a 4-1 gap and hit a backhand down the line winner at 4-2 to remain firmly in front. Rublev cut the deficit with a zero point in game eight to extend the set, but it was too late to make an impact.

Tsitsipas clinched the set with a 6-3 service winner after 32 minutes and a boost. The returners picked up just seven points after that early break for Stefanos, which suggested a closer battle in set number two. Andrey held after two in the first game before Stefanos closed out the second with a service winner.

Andrey dropped four straight points from 40-15 in the third game and made a backhand error to lose serve and move further away from the title. Tsitsipas confirmed the break with a service winner, and both served well in the next four games to stay within the same distance.

Serving at 3-5, Andrey hit a wide backhand to give Stefanos a break and the win, who started a huge celebration with his family. «We’ve had tough battles every time we’ve played; I lost to him twice in three sets this year and beat him in three today. He destroyed me in the Monte Carlo final last year, but the other matches were even,» Andrey Rublev said. .

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