Stefanos Tsitsipas also beat Andrey Rublev in two sets in Monte Carlo and won the first final in a Masters 1000 tournament, the second on clay-courts, of his career. The Greek tennis player dominated the final against the Russian from the first to the last exchange and closed the game without problems with a score of 6-3 6-3.
Tsitsipas' most inyteresting words, anyway, came after the match won against Evans in the semifinal of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. He also talked about Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. He said: "Playing the semifinal in a tournament like this against Evans is not easy.
I had faced Daniel before and he is a very complicated player. The truth is that on the court he proposed a completely different game from what I expected. I would say the match was similar to the last confrontation we had on clay.
I knew I had to stay focused at all times to win. Things went exactly the way I wanted. A lot of good things happened in Monte Carlo this week. It is really important for me to be in the final here.
Tsitsipas: "Djokovic and Nadal old?"
I expect a very strong opponent tomorrow and, of course, I will have to raise my level further to take the title.
One of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the season was precisely to have the opportunity to fight to win the big tournaments. It is a dream for me to be able to play the final. Right now I feel very good and I still have a lot of energy for the last act of the tournament.
I have won all my games in two sets, so I think I have reached the final in the best possible way. I approach each match with the same intensity and the same energy; my philosopher tells me to always think game after game."
The defeats suffered by Novak Djokovic in the round of 16 and by Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, surprised the whole world of tennis. Tsitsipas was asked to express his thoughts on the subject. “Everyone likes to think they are getting old.
In the past they have managed to do well even after a few months hiatus and I am sure they will do it again. They will return to the highest level in total safety. They know how to adapt to this type of circumstances and, thanks to their talent, they have become great players and true legends of this sport.
We are used to seeing Djokovic and Nadal reach the final in these tournaments, but we youngsters also have to show our level."