Stefanos Tsitsipas wins second straight Monte Carlo Masters, beating giant-slayer Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in final
Posted On April 17, 2022
Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first repeat champion at the Monte Carlo Masters since Rafael Nadal in 2018, with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) win against unseeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Sunday.
“It’s a great feeling because we had the crowd this year,” the third-seeded Greek said after winning the first big final of the clay-court season. “It was a bit more lively than last year.”
Davidovich Fokina — the Spaniard who knocked out Novak Djokovic in the second round — was playing his first ATP final.
Tsitsipas won the first set, despite conceding an early break. Davidovich Fokina overcame an early break in the second and broke twice.
Tsitsipas squandered a chance to serve out the match at 5-4 but still wrapped up the final in one hour, 34 minutes.
“I am very proud of myself,” Tsitsipas said. “Things weren’t going well at one point, but I managed to stay composed.”
Tsitsipas, 23, reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January.
The identity of his opponent in Sunday’s final surprised many.
As well as knocking out Djokovic, Davidovich Fokina also beat Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals and Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals.
“It was an amazing experience,” the 22-year-old Spaniard said about the tournament.
Davidovich Fokina said it had increased his confidence for the rest of the season.
“I don’t know if I will win another match, but I will be focused on every point, every game,” Davidovich Fokina said.
Tsitsipas was delighted by the rowdy crowd, after COVID-19 saw the 2020 tournament cancelled and the 2021 tournament held without fans.
“He fought in moments I did not expect him to fight.”