Stefanos Tsitsipas was overcome with emotion on Sunday after winning his first Masters 1000 trophy on a third attempt.

The Greek fourth seed claimed his honours 6-3, 6-3 at the Monte Carlo Masters with a defeat of Russian Andrey Rublev.

Between them the pair have clocked the most match victories this season on the ATP: Rublev with 24 and Tsitipas closing in on 21.

The relieved winner called his afternoon inside the empty stadium at the Country Club venue “nerve-wracking, it wasn’t easy.”

“I had to play great tennis to reach that moment of the match. It was all about fighting in the end. 

“The last point was just trying to play as deep as possible, press if the ball comes short. I was doing exactly what I had to.

“I just can’t describe it. It was unbelievable.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas with Monte-carlo Rolex masters trophy 2021 by Stephanne Deanna/Realis

Tsitsipas, who got through to the title without losing a set all week, added that his joy brought back long-ago memories.

“So many things went through my head. So many memories came back from when I was a child,” said the 22-year-old. “It’s incredible.

“I like expressing myself and showing emotion. I’ve seen players not react to their wins like this. It makes me feel good about myself. I need that.

“I was very happy that I was able to produce such good quality of tennis today,  handle my emotions and all of my nerves the right way.”

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