Tsitsipas retains Monte-Carlo Masters title

Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas defended his Monte-Carlo Masters men’s singles crown successfully on Sunday, finishing his campaign with straight sets victory over surprise package of the tournament, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain.

Following a 6-4, 6-2 win over German second seed Alexander Zverev, the Greek player lifted the trophy for a second consecutive year, beating Davidovich Fokina 6-3, 7-6 in Monaco.

It is his second Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000 title.

His unseeded opponent Davidovich Fokina looked to become the lowest-ranked ATP Masters 1000 champion since Czech Republic’s Tomáš Berdych in 2005, coming in as the world number 45.

The Spaniard was the lowest-ranked player to make an ATP Masters 1000 final since Serbian Dušan Lajović at the Monte-Carlo Masters three years ago, who was ranked 48th.

Despite a run that included defeating world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia, American 10th seed Taylor Fritz and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, Davidovich Fokina was unable to stop Tsitsipas from becoming the sixth player in the open era to win back-to-back titles in Monaco. –

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