Stefanos Tsitsipas claims third Monte Carlo title over Casper Ruud

Stefanos Tsitsipas is the third player with three Monte Carlo Masters crowns

by Jovica Ilic
Stefanos Tsitsipas claims third Monte Carlo title over Casper Ruud
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Stefanos Tsitsipas has been a player to beat in Monte Carlo since 2021. The Greek has won three titles in the Principality in the previous four years, becoming the third player after Thomas Muster and Rafael Nadal to have three Monte Carlo Masters crowns.

Stefanos met Casper Ruud in the final and scored a 6-1, 6-4 win in an hour and 36 minutes, celebrating his 11th ATP title and only the second after June 2022! Tsitsipas prevailed over Jannik Sinner in the semi-final and had the upper hand against Ruud, dominating the opener and sealing the deal in straight sets.

The Greek grabbed 1000 ATP points and returned to the top-10, hoping for more good results in the upcoming weeks. Stefanos and Casper had eight break chances each.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Monte Carlo 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The Greek defended them all and kept the pressure on the other side.

The Norwegian struggled behind the second serve and got broken four times, finishing runner-up and extending his terrible streak in the ATP finals above the ATP 250 level. Tsitsipas built a slim edge in the mid-range and most advanced exchanges.

He took ten points more than his rival in the shortest rallies up to four strokes, earning his win in that segment. Casper grabbed the first game of the encounter after Stefanos' backhand error. The Greek responded with a hold at love in game two and created three break chances in the next one after the Norwegian's forehand error.

Tsitsipas painted a forehand crosscourt winner on the third, securing a break and forging an early advantage.

Stefanos Tsitsipas lifted his third Monte Carlo title in the previous four years.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Monte Carlo 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Stefanos faced three break points in the fourth game, denying them with winners and closing the game after Casper's loose forehand.

With nothing working his way, Ruud sprayed a forehand mistake in the fifth game and offered Tsitsipas a break chance. The Norwegian netted a routine forehand, losing serve for the second time and falling 4-1 behind. Stefanos held after deuces in game six, landing a service winner and forcing his rival to serve to stay in the set.

The Greek pushed strong on the return at 5-1, securing his third break in a row after the Norwegian's double fault and wrapping up the opener in 36 minutes. Casper played better at the beginning of the second set, providing two fine holds and creating chances on the return in games one and three.

Stefanos denied a break chance in the first game with a service winner and fired another to bring the game home. The Greek wasted two game points in the third game and sprayed a forehand error to offer his rival a break point.

Casper wasted it with a loose forehand, missing an opportunity to move in front. Tsitsipas came from 40-15 behind in the sixth game and earned a break point with a forehand winner. Ruud saved it with a crafty half-volley and closed the game to lock the result at 3-3.

Tsitsipas faced the ultimate test in the seventh game, offering Ruud three break points.

Stefanos Tsitsipas & Casper Ruud, Monte Carlo 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The Greek stayed composed and erased them with winners, securing the game with a forehand winner and remaining on the positive side.

Casper left those chances behind and held at love in the eighth game, staying neck and neck and hoping for more return chances. Stefanos clinched the ninth game at love with a powerful serve, keeping the pressure on the other side.

Ruud served to stay in the set in the tenth game and placed a backhand long to face a match point. Stefanos converted it with a forehand down the line winner, wrapping up the win and lifting a much-needed trophy after a challenging period without notable achievements.

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