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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrei Rublev win to reach Monte Carlo Masters final

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Stefanos Tsitsipas

Fourth-placed Stefanos Tsitsipas eliminated unseeded Dan Evans 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday to reach the Masters final in Monte Carlo for the first time and stay on the course for his first title this year.

The Greek Greek’s opponent will be sixth-placed Russian Andrei Rublev, who defeated undefeated Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-3 7-5. He aims for his second title of the year and ninth overall.

Evans defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the third round. But he failed to threaten Tsitsipas in the same way and the match quickly slipped away when he served at 3-2 down.

Tsitsipas, a semi-finalist at the French Open last year, broke his serve five times and is on his way to a sixth career title.

He won his previous one at the Open 13 indoor tournament in Marseille in February last year, just weeks before France entered for the first time for the coronavirus pandemic.

Monte Carlo was canceled last year because of him.

The 23-year-old Rublev showed audacity to beat record-breaking 11-time champion Rafael Nadal on Friday and further confirmed why he is one of the rising stars of tennis.

After winning the ATP Cup with Russia, he reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and then won the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam last month for his fourth title in seven months. After Rotterdam, he reached four consecutive semifinals, including Monte Carlo.

The 22-year-old Ruud, who has only one career title, also defeated the former champion by knocking out 2019 winner Fabio Fognini.

But after defeating Rublev to take a 2-1 lead, he lost four games in a row before finally staying in the eighth game to stop the Russian’s momentum.

Rublev finished the set on serve and broke Ruud early in the second set to take control, improving to 4-0 against him in his career.

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