World no. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas claimed the Monte Carlo title following a 6-3, 7-6 triumph over world no. 46 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Tsitsipas needed an hour and 36 minutes to topple the first-time Masters 1000 finalist and defend the crown lifted a year ago. Thus, Tsitsipas is the fourth player to defend the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 crown after Thomas Muster, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Rafael Nadal. Stefanos secured the eighth ATP title and the fourth on clay, and he is the fourth player to defend the first Masters 1000 title after Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Rafael Nadal. Tsitsipas scored the third victory over Davidovich Fokina from as many matches, failing to serve out for the win in set number two but fixing that in the tie break to avoid a decider and lift the trophy. The Greek played better behind the first serve, and the Spaniard still managed to break him three times from four opportunities. Tsitsipas grabbed almost half of the return points and secured four breaks from six chances to emerge at the top and add 1000 points to his tally.
Stefanos Tsitsipas defended the Monte Carlo Masters title.
Stefanos made the difference in the shortest range up to four strokes, firing 19 service winners and controlling the number of unforced errors. Davidovich Fokina held at 30 in game two with a backhand down the line winner and broke at 15 in the next one thanks to a backhand drop shot winner for a 3-1 advantage in ten minutes. Tsitsipas broke back at love in game four with a forehand down the line winner that gave him a boost. The defending champion held with a smash winner in game five, and the Spaniard locked the result at 3-3 with a hold at love. Stefanos kept everything under control behind the initial shot in games seven and nine, and his rival failed to follow that pace. Alejandro sprayed a backhand mistake in game eight to fall behind, and Stefanos placed an ace down the T line in the next one for 6-3 in 31 minutes.
The Greek broke at the beginning of the second set and produced another comfortable hold to rattle off five straight games and forge a 6-3, 2-0 advantage in 40 minutes. Davidovich Fokina broke back in game four to get back on the positive side and extend his chances. In the next four games, both players served well to stay neck and neck until 4-4. The Spaniard wasted game points in game nine and got broken, allowing the Greek to serve for the title. Losing focus, Tsitsipas lost serve in game ten following a smash winner from Davidovich Fokina, who gave the crowd a chance to see more tennis. The set went into a tie break, and Stefanos claimed five of the opening six points for a massive 5-1 advantage. The Spaniard sprayed a forehand mistake to fall 6-2 behind, and the Greek seized the second match point at 6-3 to celebrate the title.
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