Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th) obtained, in Monte Carlo, his first Masters 1000 title of his career. The Greek, coming in an ascending season, also ranks first in the race ahead of the ATP Finals in Turin. Here is the review of his 2021 so far:
The year began with the Greek contesting the ATP Cup in Australia. There he won two wins in his only two games against Alex de Miñaur and Roberto Bautista Agut. Despite this, Greece could not overcome Group B in which it was in second position. After this contest Tsitsipas played the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, concreting a fantastic participation in which he reached the semifinals (he lost to Daniil Medvedev) and had the luxury of beating Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals after going two sets down.
From Australia he went to the Netherlands to play in the ATP 500 in Rotterdam. There he reached the semis again but could not overcome another Russian: Andrey Rublev. Later he played the ATP 250 in Marseille in which he was the second favorite and defending champion, but could not overcome the quarterfinals and fell surprisingly against Pierre-Hugues Herbert (93 °).
Before the arrival of the Masters 1000, Tsitsipas managed to reach the final of the ATP 500 in Acapulco, in which he was defeated by Alex Zverev in straight sets. In Miami, the Greek won good victories against Lorenzo Sonego and Kei Nishikori but could not overcome the quarterfinals, being Hubert Hurkacz (later champion of the contest) his executioner.
Thanks to the obtaining of Monte-Carlo, the Greek obtained his sixth ATP title and his first Masters 1000. Thanks to the accumulation of points in the tournaments that he played in 2021, he also rises to the top in the race to the ATP Finals to be played in Turin, followed by Novak Djokovic, Rublev, Medvedev and Hurkacz.