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Couldn't believe it: Stefanos Tsitsipas © APA/afp / VALERY HACHE

Tsitsipas is the king of Monte Carlo

The Greek tennis professional Stefanos Tsitsipas followed up his victory against Jannik Sinner and also won the final of the Masters 1000 tournament in Monte-Carlo on Sunday.

The 25-year-old beat Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-1, 6-4 in the final and celebrated his third title at the clay court event in the Principality after 2021 and 2022. On Saturday, Tsitsipas and Ruud each caused surprises in their semi-finals taken care of. Tsitsipas defeated Sinner 6:4, 3:6, 6:4 in a dramatic match. Ruud won against 24-time Grand Slam tournament winner Novak Djokovic from Serbia 6:4, 1:6, 6:4.

“That was tennis at the highest level that I am capable of playing,” Tsitsipas said after his win against the South Tyrolean. The world number two had to receive medical treatment in the middle of the second set; he was clearly suffering from cramps and thigh problems. After the match there was The Sesto native gave the all-clear and was already looking ahead with confidence.

Casper Ruud had to admit defeat. © APA/afp / VALERY HACHE

Djokovic ended the match against Ruud with a double fault - perhaps the Norwegian's prayers helped. “I prayed and thought: Let it be a double fault just once!” Ruud revealed afterwards: “Something or someone was listening up there.” But the Norwegian had no chance in the final. Not least because he missed eight break points.

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