Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas was a bit lost for words after claiming his maiden Masters title in Monte Carlo on Sunday. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 5 in the world, saw off world No. 8 Andrey Rublev in straight sets 6-3 6-3 in the Monte Carlo final.
Tsitsipas claimed the first break of the match in the second game and then held on to his serve to win the opener. The same scenario happened in the second set as Tsitsipas earned an early break and then held on to his serve to clinch a two-set win.
“I had an unbelievable week in Monte-Carlo,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match interview, per the ATP website. “I can’t describe my feelings right now. I am overwhelmed by so many different emotions and nostalgia.
It is incredible that I am able to be in the position that I am. We both deserved to be in the final. We put on an amazing fight and an amazing show… I would consider it as the [best] week of my life so far”.
Tsitsipas didn't take Rublev for granted
“I knew that he was going to be a very difficult opponent to face.
There were a lot of nerves coming into that match. [We] always want to bring the best out of [ourselves] when facing each other. Playing Andrey was a very difficult thing to do today, also considering that it was a final. There is extra stress and extra importance in the match that we had to play.
[I am] definitely proud of the way I managed to behave and be out on the court today.' ' Tsitsipas will now be aiming to win his maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open. “The clay court season couldn’t have started better,” Tsitsipas said.
“It is the best thing winning my first Masters 1000 and it is even more special doing it here on home soil in Monte-Carlo and doing it on clay, which is my favourite surface”.