Stefanos Tsitsipas is one set away from capturing his first ATP Masters 1000 trophy on Sunday. The fourth-seeded Greek leads sixth seed Andrey Rublev of Russia 6-3 in the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters final.
The 22-year-old Tsitsipas is bidding to capture his sixth ATP Tour crown and his biggest since winning the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals title at The O2 in London. If he does go on to defeat Rublev at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, Tsitsipas will lead the 2021 FedEx ATP Race To Turin for a spot at the season finale in November.
Tsitsipas got off to a strong start, pushing Rublev deep behind the baseline to break in the second game. The World No. 5 won 21 of 26 service points in the first set, which lasted 32 minutes, and mixed up his shot placement early in the second set, which resulted in another break of serve for a 2-1 advantage.
Rublev, who beat 11-time former champion Rafael Nadal on Friday in the quarter-finals, leads the ATP Tour this season with 24 wins from 28 matches. The 23-year-old, who is also bidding to capture his first Masters 1000 crown, beat Tsitsipas en route to the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament crown last month.