By Richard Pagliaro
Stefanos Tsitsipas mirrored on his previous and envisioned tennis’ future after capturing his maiden Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo at this time.
Forty years after his mom, Julia, received a junior title on the identical pink clay of the Monte-Carlo Nation Membership, the fourth-seeded Tsitsipas swept former junior rival Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3 making his mark as the primary Greek man to seize a Masters 1000 championship.
Tsitsipas renewed his rivalry with Rublev whereas avenging his 7-5-in-the-third-set loss to the Russian within the Hamburg closing final fall.
“It is good that we’re in a position to be in the identical atmosphere now on the ATP Tour collectively after so a few years, ranging from the Orange Bowl in 2008 — 2010, ’11,” Tsitsipas stated after taking a 4-3 lead in his head-to-head sequence with Rublev. “It has been an extended journey to be right here, to have the ability to play towards one another in a giant closing like this.
“I am fairly positive we’ll play one another many extra instances. I inform you it will not be straightforward. It solely will get harder and extra painful.”
Tennis followers have relished the golden period of the game with rivalries between Large 3 icons Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Tsitsipas says followers can stay up for a number of rivalries rising amongst tennis’ high younger funs within the close to future, together with the 2019 ATP Finals champion towards Miami Open finalist Jannik Sinner, vs. Acapulco champion Alexander Zverev and former US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini.
“Now we have a rivalry already. It is increase,” Tsitsipas stated of Rublev. “I do not know what’s a rivalry, what’s thought-about a rivalry. What, 30 matches? We will get there for positive if we play towards one another so steadily. I do not see no purpose for us to not be there.
“I am positive I’ll haven’t only a rivalry with Andrey. You see again 15 years in the past, 10 years in the past when Nadal and Federer constructed one.
“I really feel like in our circumstances, the best way it’ll be on this period, there are going to be way more rivalries than only one. It will not be singular. Me with Zverev, me with Sinner, me with Berrettini. There are going to be numerous rivalries on the market. I believe this selection that tennis goes to obtain goes to make it actually thrilling.”
Photograph credit score: Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters