Monte Carlo will have a new champion this Sunday. Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (world number 5) or Russian Andrey Rublev (8) will have the opportunity to inscribe his name on a trophy that has been owned by Rafael Nadal 11 times.
The two, in addition, will also play winning their first Masters 1,000. Tsitsipas has earned the place by getting rid of Briton Daniel Evans (6-1, 6-2), while Rublev has beaten Norwegian Casper Ruud (7-5, 6-3).
Tsitsipas only needed 69 minutes to beat Novak Djokovic’s executioner. The Greek tennis player has entered the Rainiero III center of the Country Club with very clear ideas of what he should do against an opponent he had won on the two previous occasions they had faced, in 2020, in Hamburg (6-3, 6 -1) and Dubai (6-2, 6-3), where he also won comfortably.
Evans tried to break Tsitsipas’ rhythm with drop shots and pitch shifting, but without the clairvoyance of his previous matches. The Briton made him a ‘break’ (1-3), the only one in the whole match, but Tsitsipas found the balance of play and calm to maintain his advantage.
A little more it has cost Rublev to get his pass to the final. The Russian tennis player, Rafael Nadal’s executioner the day before, also began dominating the game with his powerful blows and setting a very high starting rhythm to score the first set, but Ruud managed, in the second, to place himself with an advantage of 4 -two.
The Norwegian has known how to stop Rublev’s harassment at times but the Russian tennis player has overcome the situation to turn the scoreboard and win the game in 1 hour and 19 minutes.
Tstsipas and Rublev have met six times before and this Sunday in Monte Carlo will serve to break the tie at three wins. The Russian tennis player beat the Greek a few weeks ago in the Rotterdam tournament (6-3, 7-6), where he ended up winning the title; while Tsitsipas beat Rublev in the last Masters (6-1, 4-6, 7-6).
On land they are evenly matched too. Tsitsipas prevailed in the quarterfinals of the last Roland Garros (7-5, 6-2, 6-3) and Rublev in the final in Hamburg (6-4, 3-6, 7-5).
Monte-Carlo will experience a final of the new generation between two players with very different game schemes but who are beginning to make their way on the circuit. Tsitsipas has already made a big hit by winning the Masters in 2019 and has five titles to his name, the last in Marseille last year. Rublev could place first in the Race to Turin, qualifying of the year, if he won the title in Monte Carlo, which would be the ninth of his career.
Granollers falls in doubles
In the doubles tournament Marcel Granollers fell in the semifinals. The Catalan tennis player who was paired with the Argentine Horacio Zeballos lost in the ‘super tie break’ with the Croatians Nikola Metkic and Mate Pavic 3-6, 7-5 and 10-4.
The other finalists will come out of the match between Daniel Evans and fellow British Neal Skupski against Colombians Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah , former world number 1s.