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Ruud upsets Djokovic to set up Monte Carlo Masters showdown with Tsitsipas

PARIS: In a riveting showdown at the Monte Carlo Masters, Norwegian sensation Casper Ruud pulled off a stunning upset by defeating top seed Novak Djokovic in a thrilling semi-final clash. The match, which saw Ruud triumph 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, not only avenged his loss to Djokovic in last year’s French Open final but also marked his first-ever victory over the 24-time Grand Slam champion.

Ruud, the eighth seed, showcased remarkable composure throughout the match, breaking Djokovic’s serve early in the first set and holding his nerve in the deciding moments of the match. Despite Djokovic’s strong resurgence in the second set, Ruud capitalized on unforced errors from the Serbian maestro to secure his historic win.

Speaking in a post-match interview, an elated Ruud expressed his joy, stating, “This is a day I will remember for a long time. Beating a world number one is something I have never done.”

Meanwhile, in the first semi-final, Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas emerged victorious over second seed Jannik Sinner in a hard-fought battle. Tsitsipas, a two-time Monte Carlo Masters champion, displayed his trademark resilience to overcome Sinner, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

The win not only secured Tsitsipas a spot in the final but also propelled him back into the top 10 of the world rankings, a testament to his enduring talent and determination on the ATP Tour.

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