‘Real shot to win it,’ Greg Rusedski names Stefanos Tsitsipas as one of the huge favorites to win the French Open along with Djokovic, Nadal, and Alcaraz


‘Real shot to win it,’ Greg Rusedski names Stefanos Tsitsipas as one of the huge favorites to win the French Open along with Djokovic, Nadal, and Alcaraz

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic after the 2021 French Open finals

Playing his 4th Masters Final, Stefanos Tsitsipas defended his Monte Carlo Masters title by beating Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Final in straight sets 6-3,7-6(3). In the process, he became only the second active player after Rafael Nadal to win back-to-back titles at Monte Carlo.

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Even last season, Tsitsipas was the best player on clay where he won two tournaments and finished runner-up in two including the French Open. And this season too, it looks like Tsitsipas is all set to better his performance from last year. At the 2021 French Open, Tsitsipas came ever so close to beating World No.1 Novak Djokovic where he won the first two sets.

Former British No.1 Greg Rusedski also lauded Tsitsipas’ amazing performance at Monte Carlo saying, “What a performance to win back-to-back titles,” he said on Amazon Prime. “We saw the list of six champions to do that. All of the other names were No.1s and Roland Garros champions. This puts Tsitsipas in a great position to have another run at the French Open. It puts him in the list with four guys you’d think have a real shot to win it, with Rafa (Nadal), Novak (Djokovic), and (Carlos) Alcaraz.”

‘It’s exciting times for men’s tennis’: Greg Rusedski

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina

Rusedski further said that in the absence of the Big 3, it is exciting times for men’s tennis. He then lauded Fokina’s effort and said that he doesn’t have to lose his heart as he was playing a Masters Final for the first time.

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“It’s exciting times for men’s tennis. You also have to give a lot of credit to Davidovich Fokina. He’s had a fantastic week. There’s nothing to be ashamed about in his first final. He beat Djokovic and (Taylor) Fritz as well. I’m sure he’ll be back in a final again – maybe not at Masters level – but in the 250s and 500s,” added Rusedski further.

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