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Stefanos Tsitsipas won his second Monte Carlo Masters crown

Stefanos Tsitsipas won his second Monte Carlo Masters crown.  

Stefanos Tsitsipas won his second consecutive Monte Carlo Masters title on Sunday. He defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, a first-time ATP Tour player, 6-3, 7-6(3), to take his first title of the 2022 season.

Tsitsipas’ second Masters 1000 championship comes at an ideal moment for the 23-year-old Greek. 

He aims to improve his runner-up result at last year’s French Open by winning his first Grand Slam trophy this year.

A package of surprises, Davidovich Fokina, previously in the tournament, knocked out top-ranked Novak Djokovic. 

Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz drew first blood by breaking Tsitsipas to take a 2-1 lead in the first set.

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But the world number 46 Spaniard gave away his service in the next game. It allows Tsitsipas to reclaim control of the match and move up a set in 31 minutes on Court Rainier III with a near-flawless performance.

In a back-and-forth second set, the pair traded breaks again before Tsitsipas pounced in the tiebreak to claim the victory. 

However, his eighth career title after Davidovich Fokina couldn’t handle a blazing backhand.

Tsitsipas joined Rafa Nadal as the only active player to win consecutive titles at Monte Carlo, with Juan Carlos Ferrero, Thomas Muster, Bjorn Borg, and Ilie Nastase also accomplishing the feat throughout their careers.

“Remarkable. I’m rather pleased with myself. In a courtside interview, Tsitsipas remarked, “Things didn’t seem to be going well at times. But I managed to stay collected and continued thinking that I could finish this off.”

“I’m proud of how much faith I put into my sport… You may have doubts about yourself at times, but it is always crucial to hold your head high.

“He was a tough opponent.” He battled at times when I didn’t expect him to. He has a knack for hitting impressive winners out of nowhere and is quite unpredictable. Still, I was able to limit that tonight… This is a fantastic victory over him, in my opinion.”

Despite his strong performance in Monaco, where he dropped only one set to Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals, Tsitsipas revealed that Roland Garros, which begins on May 22, was not on his mind.

“Until then, we still have Masters 1000 events (Madrid and Rome next month), so I’ll focus on them before the French Open,” Tsitsipas added.

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