In what should be an entertaining final, Stefanos Tsitsipas will go head-to-head with Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at the ATP Monte Carlo Masters. Both men have impressed this week and both will be determined to get their hands on this prestigious trophy. As ever, we here at LWOT will be offering our prediction for this final. But who will come out on top?
ATP Monte Carlo Final Prediction
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Head-to-head: Tsitsipas 2-0 Davidovich Fokina
Stefanos Tsitsipas enjoyed one of the best weeks of his career at the ATP Monte Carlo Masters in 2021. The Greek stormed into the quarterfinals without dropping a set, where he beat none other than Davidovich Fokina, albeit by retirement. That set up a semifinal clash with Dan Evans which he won for the loss of only three games. He then dismissed Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-3 to win the title.
He has looked similarly sharp so far this week. He thrashed former-champion Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-0 in the second round, after a first-round bye, before battling past Laslo Djere, 7-5 7-6, to return to the quarterfinals. He was stretched to the limit there by Diego Schwartzman, but Tsitsipas hung tough to record a 6-2 6-7 6-4 win over the Argentine. Things were more straightforward in the semifinals, where he beat second seed Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-2.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, meanwhile, arrived in Monte Carlo after a quarterfinal showing in Marrakech. He looked to have benefitted from that clay-court match practice when he beat Marcos Giron in straight sets. He backed that victory up by upsetting world #1 Novak Djokovic to record the best victory of his career to date. He followed that by dismissing David Goffin, before rallying from a set down to beat Taylor Fritz.
He then secured his place in the final by edging out Grigor Dimitrov in a three-set thriller, 6-4 6-7 6-3. Still, it’s hard to see him getting the better of Tsitsipas, however. Davidovich Fokina clearly has a bright future, but this has been a relatively kind path to a Masters final. Any victory over a player of Djokovic’s calibre is a note-worthy achievement, but the Serb was clearly not at this best, and Tsitsipas is a cut above the other four men the Spaniard has faced so far this week, especially on this surface.
Prediction: Tsitsipas in 2
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