Tsitsipas downs Davidovich Fokina to defend Monte Carlo crown
Stefanos Tsitsipas successfully defended his Monte Carlo Masters title with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in Sunday’s final.
Third seed Tsitsipas hammered 21 winners and made only 11 unforced errors in the Monaco sunshine to win in an hour and 36 minutes.
It was the 23-year-old Greek’s eighth ATP title and first in 11 months as he made the perfect start to the clay-court season.
“I’m very proud of the amount of belief I had in my game,” Tsitsipas said.
“He fought in moments I didn’t really expect him to fight and hit some incredible winners. I believe that’s a great result against him.”
He joins an illustrious list of players to win back-to-back Monte Carlo Masters, including Rafael Nadal, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Thomas Muster and Bjorn Borg.
Tsitsipas, who beat Andrey Rublev in the Monte Carlo final 12 months ago, has now won four clay tournaments in his career.
He is gearing up for another tilt at the French Open title after losing last year’s final at Roland Garros to Novak Djokovic despite leading by two sets.
Davidovich Fokina had knocked out world number one Djokovic earlier this week but could not repeat those heroics in his first ATP final, losing for the third time in as many meetings with Tsitsipas.