Monte-Carlo Masters: defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the final | Tennis News

Stefanos Tsitsipas conjured up more magic in Monte Carlo to defeat Alexander Zverev and come within a win of a successful defense of his 2021 title; The third-seeded Greek will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in Sunday’s final

Last update: 04/16/22 8:28 p.m.

Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Alexander Zverev in straight sets to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final

Defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached the final of the Monte-Carlo Masters, where he will face Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

The third-seeded Greek outshot world No. 3 Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-2 to end the German’s hopes of winning the triple crown of the ATP Masters 1000 titles on clay and close in on Daniil Medvedev in the ranking.

“It was good,” Tsitsipas said during his on-court interview. “I don’t know if the long game gave me some rhythm, but I was able to play good tennis today. I’m happy with the level I was able to perform and I found some good ideas on the short.”

Davidovich Fokina, meanwhile, continued his impressive run after beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-7 (7-2) 6-3 to reach his first ATP Tour final.

The 22-year-old Spaniard has produced a string of strong performances this week – including defeating world number 1 Novak Djokovic, Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz and Belgian veteran David Goffin.

“I’m so, so happy to be in the final. It’s a dream come true,” Davidovich Fokina said during his on-court interview. “When I was a child, I dreamed of this day.”

Tsitsipas will be 2-0 down to world number 46 in Sunday’s clash, but the Greek won’t take anything for granted, saying: “It’s going to take a bit longer. He’s on a good run, in a good rhythm, I have already played against him, he is a good opponent, I had big battles against him and I will try to be as ready as possible.

“I know he’s improved from before and I’m going to have him in mind, to produce the best tennis possible.”

In doubles, Joe Salisbury got the better of fellow Briton Jamie Murray as he and tournament seeded American Rajeev Ram eventually beat Murray and Indian Rohan Bopanna 3-6 7-6 (7- 4) 11-9 to progress. in Sunday’s final.

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