Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas claimed his maiden Masters title in Monte Carlo on Sunday and moved to No. 1 in the Race to Turin list. Tsitsipas, who won the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals event, handed a 6-3 6-3 loss to Rublev in the Monte Carlo Masters final to lift his maiden Masters title at the age of 22.
Tsitsipas got off to a quick start as he took an early 3-0 lead, before serving out for the opener in the ninth game. Tsitsipas claimed an early break in the second set as well and again routinely held on to his serve to book a straight-set win.
Tsitsipas' next goal will certainly be winning a maiden Grand Slam title. "That is great,” Tsitsipas said of his No 1 status in the Race, per Tennis Majors. “It’s just the beginning. We still have plenty of tennis to be played this year.
Great to be in the lead. I’m not trying to think of it too much because, again, many tournaments in front of me, ahead of me. I’m going to try to recalibrate, refocus. Attention is now in Barcelona. My body is feeling good, which is a good sign.
I’m really pumped to go for some more points the next couple of weeks”.
Tsitsipas felt he deserved the title
Top-ranked Greek tennis player Tsitsipas won it all Monte Carlo without dropping a single set the whole week.
"Whatever had to happen happened,” Tsitsipas said. “I stepped up my game, brought this good game, good tennis. I didn’t see (any) reason for me to leave from here without the trophy. I felt like I deserved it.
I’ve put so much effort and so much concentration into it. Definitely something that I deserve. More opportunities like this is going to show up and come up in the future, so I need to be ready to show my consistency and prevail with that”.