Russia's Andrey Rublev claimed he was tired in the Monte Carlo Masters final but underlined that's no excuse for his poor performance and the loss suffered to Stefanos Tsitsipas. Rublev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
7 in the world, lost 6-3 6-3 to top-ranked Greek tennis player Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas broke Rublev in the second game of the first set and then held on to his serve to collect the opener. The same scenario was seen in the second set as Tsitsipas held on to his serve after earning an early break.
"I was tired after all these matches, exhausted. But that's no excuse. Stefanos was better than me, that's all," Rublev said, per We Are Tennis. After winning the title, Tsitsipas said: “I had an unbelievable week in Monte-Carlo.
I can’t describe my feelings right now. I am overwhelmed by so many different emotions and nostalgia. It is incredible that I am able to be in the position that I am. We both deserved to be in the final. We put on an amazing fight and an amazing show… I would consider it as the [best] week of my life so far”.
Tsitsipas spoke positively of Rublev
"I knew that he was going to be a very difficult opponent to face," Tsitsipas said. "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."
Rublev fell just short of winning it all in Monte Carlo but he caused the biggest upset at the tournament when he beat Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal.