The Greek player started his clay-court season, winning his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title without dropping a set in the tournament.
“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 favorite surface,” he said.
The 22-year-old hit Court Rainier III to play the third ATP Masters 1000 final of his career against Russia’s Rublev, who put out Casper Ruud for a place in the final.
A flawless Tsitsipas made a perfect start by winning the first set 6-3; he converted the only break point he faced, winning 36 points and six games - of which three he took in a row.
The first Greek ATP Masters 1000 champion took the lead in the second set, producing an early break, opening a gap of 3-1, showcasing a solid serve and consistency in his backhand.
Furthermore, the world number five broke his opponent on three occasions, moving on to seal the set 6-3.
After claiming his sixth ATP Tour title at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, the brand new champion commented: “I had an unbelievable week in Monte-Carlo. 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.”
Adding: “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.”
On his way to the final, the fourth seed overcame Daniel Evans, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Cristian Garin, and Aslan Karatsev.
RUBLEV’S JOURNEY IN THE PRINCIPALITY
Throughout his campaign at the tournament, the Russian player stunned third seed, Nadal; it was a memorable quarter-finals match that marked his first victory over the Spaniard.
The clash with the world number three was not just memorable because of the quality of the encounter; it also put to the test the impressive resilience of the world number eight, who battled for 2 hours and 32 minutes to defeat the 11-time champion in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
On Saturday, the sixth-seeded toppled Ruud 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 20 minutes.
In addition, he prevailed over Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-3, and Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-2.
The Masters 1000 final in Monte Carlo was also a first in the 23-year-old career; Fernando Vicente’s pupil will reach a new career-high ranking next week.
The Moscow native records the most wins on the ATP Tour in 2021 (24), followed by Tsitsipas with 22, and world number 2, Daniil Medvedev with 17.