June 25, 2024

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud bid to end their careers at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters with yet another memorable win in Sunday’s final, following surprising victories against the top two players in the PIF ATP Rankings.

In Saturday’s semifinals, Tsitsipas broke the winning streak of the defending Miami winner Jannik Sinner, and Ruud overcame World No.

1 Novak Djokovic, winning in three sets despite being the underdogs in both matches. Both players are currently vying for a statement title on clay courts, where they have always played their best tennis.

Already assured of a rise to World No. 9, he could move to No. 7 with the title.

The Greek is prepared to suffer for glory on Sunday against Ruud, whose heavy spin and ability to open up the court present a unique set of problems on the clay.

I think the conditions make the battle, Tsitsipas said, also referencing the Monte-Carlo heat. There is pleasure in the battle, because playing in Europe under these conditions feels like home.

I grew up playing as a young kid in similar conditions, so grinding and playing for hours and hours out there brings me a little bit of my childhood memories on the tennis courts in Greec

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