2021 in Review: Stefanos Tsitsipas wins first Masters 1000 title over Andrey Rublev

World no. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas secured the sixth ATP title in Monte Carlo and the first on the Masters 1000 level! The 22-year-old Greek lost the previous two title matches at the Masters 1000 series, changing that in the Principality to write the Greece tennis history. In the final, Tsitsipas toppled the first-time Masters 1000 finalist Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3 in 71 minutes, beating the Russian for the fourth time in seven encounters to lift the trophy. Stefanos dropped ten points in nine service games, never facing a break point and mounting the pressure on Andrey’s side.

The Russian scored great wins over Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud en route to the final, but he stood no chance against the mighty Greek, losing serve three times to propel the rival towards the trophy. Stefanos fired 18 winners and 13 unforced errors, leaving Andrey on a 10-21 ratio and overpowering him in every segment to celebrate the biggest title since the ATP Finals in 2019. Tsitsipas grabbed the opening game with a service winner after deuce and secured a break in the next one following Rublev’s forehand mistake. Settling into a fine rhythm, Stefanos brought the third game home with another unreturned serve before the Russian put his name on the scoreboard with a forehand winner in the next one.

Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Andrey Rublev for the first Masters 1000 crown at 22.

World no. 5 fired three service winners in the fifth game to open a 4-1 gap and landed a backhand down the line winner at 4-2 to remain firmly in front. Rublev reduced the deficit with a hold at love, but it was too late to make an impact, as Tsitsipas clinched the set with a service winner for 6-3 after 32 minutes. After that early break for Stefanos, returners took only seven points, which suggested a closer battle in set number two. Andrey held after deuce in the first game before Stefanos responded with a service winner for 1-1. From 40-15 in game three, Rublev lost four straight points and sprayed a backhand mistake to get broken and move further away from the title. Tsitsipas confirmed the break with a service winner, and they both served well in the next four games to remain within the same distance. Serving at 3-5, Andrey sent a backhand wide to offer a break and the victory to Stefanos, who started a massive celebration with his family.

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