It was a somewhat quiet match between two of the world’s best players after a stunning series of quarter-finals and a twisting first semi-final, but reigning champion Stefanos Tsitsipas got the job done. Victory over Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-2.
Both players struggled in the first set with five breaks of serve. Tsitsipas made it 6-4 with another break after 43 minutes. In the previous game, Zverev’s serve looked shaky but a double fault helped him close the gap to 5-4. However, Tsitsipas ended the match just over half an hour later. With this win, the Greek not only took a step forward towards defending his title, but also crushed Alexander Zverev’s chances to sit at the top of the ATP rankings.
“I was able to play good tennis today” – Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas, the defending champion, defeated Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-2 in 75 minutes on Court Rainier III for his second straight win Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Final. In the first set, Zverev came back twice from a break but Tsitsipas broke for the third time in game 10 to win the opener 6-4.
The first four games of the second set were played on serve. Tsitsipas finished the second set 6-2 by winning the last four games 2-2, including two breaks of serve. Tsitsipas has reached the final of the master 1000 for the fourth time in his career. He’s also extended his lead to 7-3 in his 10 head-to-head games against Zverev.
“It was good. I don’t know if the long match gave me some rhythm, but I was able to play good tennis today. I’m happy with the level I was able to perform and I got some good ideas on the court.” said Tsitsipas in his interview in court.
In tomorrow’s final, the Greek will defend his 2021 championship against defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 6-3. “It will take a while. Alejandro is on a good run, with a good rhythm. I’ve played against him before, he’s a good opponent. He’s a good opponent. I’ve had big fights against him and I’ll try to be as ready as possible.” said Stefanos Tsitsipas in conclusion.
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