Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev showed his class after losing the Monte Carlo Masters final as he spoke extremely positively of his opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas. Rublev, ranked at No. 8 in the world, stood no chance against world No.
5 Tsitsipas as the Greek won 6-3 6-3. Tsitsipas broke Rublev in the second game of the first set and didn't face a break point in the rest of the set to win the opener. The Greek also earned an early break in the second set and held on to his serve to book a straight-set win.
"First of all congrats to Stefanos and his family for such an amazing week, for what you’re doing, you’re showing amazing tennis for already a couple of years so keep going, keep working and for sure, you’re already one of the best players, and I hope many years ahead,'' Rublev said during his on-court interview, as revealed by Reem Abulleil.
Tsitsipas also spoke positively of Rublev
“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."
Top-ranked Greek tennis player Tsitsipas couldn't be happier after leaving the Monte Carlo with a maiden Masters title. “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”.