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Tsitsipas clinches third Monte Carlo Masters title in dominant fashion

PARIS: Stefanos Tsitsipas showcased his mastery on the clay courts of Monte Carlo as he secured his third Monte Carlo Masters title in four years with a commanding 6-1, 6-4 victory over Norwegian eighth seed Casper Ruud on Sunday.

From the onset, Tsitsipas asserted his dominance, swiftly wrapping up the opening set in just 36 minutes by cruising through six consecutive games. Although the second set presented a tougher challenge, Tsitsipas remained relentless, ultimately proving too strong for Ruud. In doing so, he made history by becoming the first player in the professional era to win his first three Monte Carlo finals in straight sets.

This triumph marked Tsitsipas’s first title of 2024, elevating his career haul to 11 titles. Joining the ranks of tennis legends like Rafa Nadal, Bjorn Borg, Thomas Muster, and Ilie Nastase, Tsitsipas solidified his status as a force to be reckoned with on the clay courts.

Reflecting on his victory, Tsitsipas expressed his elation, stating, “It’s been very difficult. To be back on the podiums and winning tournaments feels amazing.”

With an 11-6 win-loss record for 2024, Tsitsipas’s stellar performance at the Monte Carlo Masters will see him reclaim a spot in the world’s top 10 rankings on Monday, after briefly dropping out earlier in the year.

While Tsitsipas basked in the glory of his triumph, it was another instance of heartbreak for Casper Ruud, who had previously stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. Despite his valiant efforts, Ruud fell short, continuing his quest for a prestigious title.

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