June 14, 2024

The victory took Tsitsipas to seventh in the world rankings and he fell to the floor in emotion after his win.

I am extremely grateful to my friends, family and everyone behind this journey, he added. To win three [titles] is just unbelievable – it was a nerve-wracking game but I am extremely happy.

The success concluded a significant tournament for Tsitsipas as he also beat top-10 players Alexander Zverev and Jannik Sinner to reach the final.

He joined Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg, Thomas Muster and Ilie Nastase in the list of players to win three or more titles at Monte Carlo.

Tsitsipas committed to a fearless style of play, dominating on the forehand and challenging Ruud’s tactics of playing deep from the court.

The positivity resulted in a first title since he beat Alex de Minaur in the final at Los Cabos, Mexico, last August – also ending a sketchy start to 2024 for the former French Open and Australian Open runner-up.

He broke Ruud’s serve in the third game of the first set and the Norwegian, who struggled for fluency, could not recover.

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