Epic Comeback: How Stefanos Tsitsipas Braved the Monte-Carlo Masters

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📖 Published on: April 16th, 2024

✍️ Updated: April 17th, 2024

⏳ 8 mins read


Stefanos Tsitsipas has proved himself to be one of the best stars in the tennis world, and there’s no denying that he is one of the highly-anticipated icons in the game. His third victory in the Monte-Carlo Masters is a proof that he is still one of the stars who still has what it takes to prove his worth on the big stage.


We have seen how the ATP Masters 1000 events can be really a tough challenge to all players out there, and being able to brave the clay surface is a feat for everyone who’s not used to it. This is what makes Stefanos Tsitsipas’ comeback story this year fun to remember.


How Tsitsipas Made His Comeback in the Monte-Carlo Masters


The Monte-Carlo Masters is one of the biggest stages in the ATP Tour season. Before Andrey Rublev stole the show and claimed the 2023 Masters title, Stefanos Tsitsipas held the title for two years in a row, beating Rublev in 2021, and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in 2022. This quest for redemption proved to be one of the biggest campaigns that Tsitsipas has enjoyed over the years.


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Still, Tsitsipas has enjoyed some impressive games in the season. He made it into the fourth round of the Australian Open, semis in the Los Cabos Open, quarterfinal in the Mexican Open, round of 16 in the Indian Wells, and the round of 64 in the Miami Open. We still haven’t taken the doubles run into account, which just shows how promising Tsitsipas has been when it comes to playing on the big stage, and no one can deny the fact that he is making a lot of waves so far in the campaign.


A Journey to the Top of the Clay


Tsitsipas fell short of defending his title in the 2023 Monte-Carlo Masters, losing to Taylor Fritz in straight sets in the quarterfinal at the Court Rainier III. This proved to be a setting point for Tsitsipas as he failed to come up with an impressive stretch in his games, showing that he was in for a decline at that time. However, Tsitsipas made sure that he won’t stop there, proving that he can still make a dashing comeback on the big stage and show the world that he can still be a champion – even if it is against some of the best stars in the Tour.


Rivalry Clash with Alexander Zverev


Tsitsipas defeated Zverev in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6 image

Stefanos had an easy route in the Monte-Carlo Masters to begin with. He had a walkover against Lasio Djere in the Round of 64, and then a promising straight victory against Tomas Martin Etcheverry in the Round of 32. However, the Round of 16 was a different scene as he battled against one of the best stars in the Tour in Alexander Zverev. Tsitsipas had to battle for each set won and scrape out a promising battle against one of his rivals, and he won only two aces, and had seven double faults. Still, that second-set showdown proved to be a promising battle, with Tsitsipas finding his way into a 7-5 and 7-6 win with multiple tie-breaks in place.


Showdown with Karen Khachanov


After that fiery clash with Zverev, Tsitsipas went on to the next stuff at hand and battled another rival in Karen Khachanov. This was a much easier battle for the Greek star and he had an easy time in plowing through Khachanov, showing that he can prove the best of his game without hassle and taking advantage of service aces and even putting up a lot of receiving points, which just made his game even easier compared to the past battles he’s had. So far, Tsitsipas called game and claimed the win with a 6-4 and 6-2 victory in the quarter-final, which solidifies his claim in the tournament.

Tsitsipas cruised past Khachanov, 6-4, 6-2 image


Semis Contender Battle Versus Jannik Sinner


Tsitsipas defeated Australian Open and Miami Open champion Jannik Sinner in three sets image

Jannik Sinner is the favorite to win the Monte-Carlo Masters with his continued triumph in the ATP Tour. His victories in the Australian Open and the Miami Open have done him wonders, but Tsitsipas would not let that come into his case as a threat in the game, which was considered one of the biggest clashes in the tournament. Sinner did not go down without a fight as Tsitsipas had to carve a way to secure a 6-4, 3-6, and 6-4 victory in the semifinals of the Monte-Carlo Masters, proving that he still has what it takes to deliver a promising victory even against one of the hottest stars in the competition.


Top of the Clay Duel: Versus Casper Ruud


Out of all the biggest battles that Tsitsipas has triumphed, the final of the Monte-Carlo Masters proved to be the easiest path for the Greek star. Casper Ruud had a tough run of his own, battling Novak Djokovic in the semis before forcing a 6-4, 1-6, and 6-4 win in a crucial showdown, which just shows how well he has battled all the way to the top of the game. However, that clash with the world no. 1 also tired him out well, which certainly played a huge role on how he performed in the final. Still, Tsitsipas took advantage of that situation and outplayed Ruud at every turn, cruising to the top of the Monte-Carlo Masters with a 6-1 and 6-4 victory to complete his return to the big stage.

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What’s Next for Tsitsipas’ Comeback Run?


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Tsitsipas’ victory in the Monte-Carlo Masters has added him into elite company, being the fifth player to ever win three titles in the Masters 1000 event, with the likes of Rafael Nadal (11), Bjorn Borg (3), Thomas Muster (3), and Illie Nastase (3) also in the list. It has been a pretty difficult run for Tsitsipas so far, and he is now hoping that this victory in the Monte-Carlo Masters will help him get his run this year up and running with the hopes of securing a promising title and a climb to the bigger stages. At the age of 25, he still has a long way to go, and no one can deny that his appearance in his 28th tour-level final of his career will definitely bring him a bigger chance to prove his worth on the big stage.


After all, there’s still a lot of tournaments left to play in the ATP Tour, and this is why you should definitely bet on Tsitsipas to come up with bigger strides in the game. Who knows, maybe he can be the running favorite for the upcoming majors and other Masters 1000 events that will definitely rock your world with promising battles and intense showdowns between the best players in the world! For now, this is Tsitsipas turn to dominate at the big stage.


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