After the victory of Andrey Rublev (8th) against the Norwegian Casper Ruud (27th) by 6-3 and 7-5 in the semifinals of Monte-Carlo, the two contenders who will seek to be crowned in the first Masters on brick dust were defined it’s from the season.
In the second key of the semifinals, the Russian’s walk in his match against Ruud left no doubts: firm with his service game, forcefulness to hit at key moments and a drive that punished his rival constantly.
It was a confirmation of all the good he had shown in his victory against Rafael Nadal in the previous round. In one hour and 20 minutes of the game, the Moscow-born sold the shares 6-3 and 7-5, and sealed his pass to the final. With this result, Rublev will play his first Masters final, reached his 11th ATP final and will seek his 9th title of his prominent career.
Previously, Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th) had managed to beat Briton Daniel Evans (33rd) by 6-2 and 6-1 in one hour and 10 minutes of play. In this way, the Greek, who has not lost any set so far in the contest, will play his third final in a Masters 1000 tournament.
He had already managed to arrive at the decisive match in Canada and Madrid, where he was defeated by Nadal and Djokovic respectively. Although he could not be crowned in any tournament, 2021 is being a good year for the Athens-born and winner of five ATP titles: he reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and the ATP 500 in Rotterdam, quarter-finals in Marseille, he reached the Acapulco final (loss to Alexander Zverev) and fell in the Miami quarterfinals.
Rublev and Tsitsipas’ fighting history is tied with three wins each.: the last time they saw each other was this year in the semi-finals in Rotterdam and it was a victory for the Russian tennis player by 6-3 and 7-6 (2), to advance to the final that would end up winning. In addition, the winner will be at the top of the race to enter the one that will be held in Turin, Italy. The table is set.