Fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas swatted apart unseeded Dan Evans 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday to succeed in the Monte Carlo Masters remaining for the primary time and keep on target for a primary title this 12 months.
The massive-serving Greek’s opponent shall be sixth-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev, who beat unseeded Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-Three 7-5. He goals for his second title of the 12 months and ninth total.
Evans beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic within the third spherical. However he didn’t threaten Tsitsipas in the identical approach and the match shortly slid away when he was serving at Three-2 down.
Tsitsipas, a French Open semifinalist final 12 months, broke his serve 5 instances and stays on monitor for a sixth profession title.
He gained his earlier one in February final 12 months on the Open 13 indoor match in Marseille — simply weeks earlier than France went into lockdown for the primary time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Monte Carlo was canceled final 12 months due to it.
The 23-year-old Rublev produced an audacious show to defeat document 11-time champion Rafael Nadal on Friday, and additional verify why he is among the rising stars of tennis.
After successful the ATP Cup with Russia, he reached the quarterfinals on the Australian Open after which gained the ABN AMRO World Tennis Event in Rotterdam final month for his fourth title in seven months. Since Rotterdam, he’s reached 4 consecutive semifinals, together with Monte Carlo.
The 22-year-old Ruud, who has only one profession title, additionally beat a former champion by knocking out 2019 winner Fabio Fognini.
However after breaking Rublev to like to steer 2-1 he then misplaced 4 straight video games earlier than lastly holding within the eighth recreation to cease the Russian’s momentum.
Rublev clinched the set on serve and broke Ruud initially of the second set to take management, enhancing to Four-Zero towards him of their profession.