Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has acknowledged that there is a rivalry between him and Andrey Rublev but underlined that he will rivalry against several other top players from the younger generation. On Sunday, Tsitsipas handed a 6-3 6-3 loss to Rublev in the Monte Carlo final to lift his maiden Masters title.
"We have a rivalry already,” Tsitsipas said of his battles with Rublev, per Tennis Majors. “It’s building up. I don’t know what’s a rivalry, what’s considered a rivalry. What, 30 matches? We’re going to get there for sure if we play against each other so frequently.
I don’t see no reason for us not to be there. “I’m sure I’m going to have not just a rivalry with Andrey. You see back 15 years ago, 10 years ago when Nadal and Federer built one. I feel like in our circumstances, the way it’s going to be in this era, there are going to be much more rivalries than just one.
It won’t be singular. Me with Zverev, me with Sinner, me with (Matteo) Berrettini. There are going to be a lot of rivalries out there. I think this variety that tennis is going to receive is going to make it really exciting”.
Tsitsipas recalls their French Open clash
Tsitsipas failed to serve out for the title against Rublev in the Hamburg final last year but made amends at the French Open as he beat the Russian in straight sets. "It wasn’t easy coming into that Roland Garros match that I had to play against him,” Tsitsipas admitted.
“Things were difficult. But I think finding few potholes and executing the right game plan gave me a very important Roland Garros win. There was plenty for me to learn from there. “I’m expecting for him in our next battle to try and change things.
It hurts losing. Definitely hurts losing even more in finals like this. I was very happy that I was able to produce such good quality of tennis today, kind of handle my emotions and all of my nerves the right way, which led to this incredible moment at the end”.