ATP Monte Carlo: Stefanos Tsitsipas eases past Daniel Evans to reach final

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ATP Monte Carlo: Stefanos Tsitsipas eases past Daniel Evans to reach final

World no. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas will compete in his third Masters 1000 final following a dominant 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Daniel Evans in Monte Carlo. Evans came to Monte Carlo with only four ATP wins on clay, scoring that many in the Principality and ousting Novak Djokovic and David Goffin to find himself in the last four, becoming the third British player to achieve that on clay at the Masters 1000 series.

Nonetheless, Daniel had no weapons in his arsenal to threaten the mighty Greek, who sealed the deal in 69 minutes to move closer to the first Masters 1000 crown. Tsitsipas lost 11 points in eight service games, suffering one break in the opener while already in the lead and earning 57% of the return points to grab five breaks from 11 opportunities and sail over the finish line.

Stefanos controlled the action with 21 winners and 13 unforced errors, leaving his opponent on an 8-20 ratio and scoring better numbers in both the shorter and more advanced rallies. Daniel fended off two break chances in the second game to avoid an early setback before Stefanos stole his serve in game four for a 3-1 advantage.

The Briton pulled the break back in the next game following Tsitsipas' massive forehand error, although the momentum didn't stay at his side for too long.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to his third Masters 1000 final.

Evans wasted game points at 2-3 and allowed Tsitsipas to seize the third break chance when his forehand landed wide.

Needing no second invitation, Stefanos held with a service winner for 5-2 and closed the opening set with the third straight break thanks to Daniel's double fault in game eight. The Greek held at love at the beginning of the second set and created a break chance in the next one, denied by the Briton's perfect drop shot.

Stefanos placed a backhand winner to bring the third game home and stole the rival's serve a few minutes later with a crafty volley winner that sent him 3-1 in front. Holding the strings in his hands, Stefanos forced the opponent's error in game five and secured another break to move closer to the finish line.

Serving for the triumph, the Greek painted three winners in game seven for a rock-solid victory and a place in the final against Casper Ruud or Andrey Rublev.