Tsitsipas Sees Off Ruud to Claim 11th Career Title in Monte-Carlo
Stefanos Tsitsipas during the semifinal match against Jannik Sinner (not pictured). April 13, 2024. Monaco. Photo credit: Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.

World No. 12 Stefanos Tsitsipas showcases a dominant display to claim his third crown at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters by powering past eighth seed Casper Ruud in the championship match held on Sunday in the Principality of Monaco.

Twelve seed Stefanos Tsitsipas took by storm Court Rainier III on Sunday, contesting his third final on Monte-Carlo red clay in four years against World No. 8 Casper Ruud, who put out World No. 1 Novak Djokovic for a place in the final.

The 25-year-old mastered his all-court game through the championship match, neutralizing Norway’s No. 1 racquet with a 6-1, 6-4 victory after one hour and 37 minutes at the Monte Carlo Country Club.

After the championship match, the reigning champion said: “It has been very difficult, so to be back on the podiums, winning tournaments just feels amazing.”

I can’t thank my family enough and friends. And if there is god out there, for making this moment possible. I am extremely grateful for every person behind this journey,” he added.

The third time is even more special than the first or second time. This is an unbelievable win for me. Capturing that win today was nerve-wracking. I really wanted this trinity. I am extremely happy.

On Saturday, the Athens-born became the second player to hold off World No. 2 Jannik Sinner this season, earning a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win to reach the final.

Meanwhile, the Scandinavian achieved the biggest win of his career by ousting top seed Djokovic in the semifinals, looking to clinch a maiden title on a Masters 1000 level.

Tsitsipas, who made a slow start to the season, found his best tennis on a surface in which he captured back-to-back titles between 2021 and 2022, setting off his clay swing in style.

Confident, he took a 2-1 lead in the opener, converting an early break, which he backed up by fending off three break points in a lengthy fourth game.

Ruud erratic start to the final would see him dropping his serve again, handing his opponent a double break to extend his lead at 4-1.

The Greek player won six consecutive games to close out the first set 6-1 in just 36 minutes after the Norwegian double-faulted.

The second set was defined by small margins as the three-time Grand Slam runner-up raised his level, stepping up the pressure on his adversary.

A dramatic 13-minute seventh game gave the 2023 Australian Open finalist a slim 4-3 advantage after holding his nerve to inch ahead as Ruud missed three break-point opportunities.

At 4-4, there were no breaks of serve for either side, keeping the score balanced, which eventually went Tsitsipa’s way as in a pivotal 10th game, he did earn the break, hitting a down-the-line winner to seal the second set 6-4 and the match.

He finished with 24 winners and 12 unforced errors compared to his rival’s 17 and 16, respectively.

Furthermore, he saved all eight break points he faced, converting four of eight chances.

Neither player excelled on serve with Tstitipas winning 60 percent of the first serve points to Ruud’s 67 percent on it.

On Monday, Tsitsipas will return to the top 10.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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