Tsitsipas defends his Monte Carlo title at Davidovich Fokina‘s expense

Sports Desk, Apr 17 (EFE).- Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday prevailed over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3, 7-6 to defend his Monte Carlo title.

The Greek had to come back from an early first-set deficit and keep his composure at later stages when he failed to serve for the match in the 10th game before sealing the victory.

“I am very proud of myself,” Tsitsipas said afterwards. “Things weren’t going well at one point, but I managed to stay composed to finish the match off.”

“I am really proud with the belief I put in my game. Sometimes you doubt yourself, but it is always important to keep your head high,” he added after the match that lasted for over an hour and a half.

The Spaniard, who had stunned Novak Djokovic on his way to the final, earned an early break in the third game, but Tsitsipas did not let him go away with the lead.

The Greek leveled the set at two games apiece and then he earned another break for a 5-3 lead that proved decisive as he delivered on his subsequence game.

His momentum continued in the early going of the second set, grabbing a 2-0 lead only to lose the following two games.

Tsitsipas broke his opponent’s serve in the ninth game, but was unable to get the job done while serving for the championship as Davidovich Fokina broke back.

Davidovich Fokina’s late revival, however, was short-lived as the Greek managed to clinch the second-set tiebreak, spoiling the Spaniard’s maiden ATP Tour final.

“He fought in moments I didn’t expect him to fight. He can hit incredible winners out of nowhere and play unpredictably,” Tsitsipas said.

“But I was able to minimise that. I knew he would be a dangerous opponent but that is a great win for me. I think we will see great results from him in the future,” he added. EFE


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