World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas has revealed that his maiden Masters title is more important to him than the Nitto ATP Finals title he captured in 2019. Tsitsipas, 22, claimed his maiden Masters title on Sunday after handing a 6-3 6-3 defeat to Russian star Andrey Rublev.
Tsitsipas recently made the semifinal at the Miami Masters -- which he ended up losing in a disappointing way as he failed to clinch the win though he was up by a set and a break against Hubert Hurkacz. "I wanted the title so much.
I was fighting for a long time, it was tough. It's not easy having so much stress every day. I think that today's win is more important," Tsitsipas said, when asked if the maiden Masters title was more important that the Nitto ATP Finals one, per Vicky Georgatou.
Tsitsipas spoke positively of Rublev
“I knew that he was going to be a very difficult opponent to face," Tsitsipas said of Rublev. "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.
"The clay court season couldn’t have started better. 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”.
Rublev also showed his class and spoke highly of Tsitsipas. "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 of Tsitsipas.