Daniel Evans' extraordinary tale about on the Monte-Carlo Country Club finds its conclusion at the foot of the final. The British, who with the success against Dusan Lajovic in the first round had broken a fast on red that had lasted for four years, stops in front of Stefanos Tsitsipas after noting even Novak Djokovic in the notebook of the victims.
For Tsitsipas, fresher from a genuinely physical point but above all more solid in the comparison from the baseline, the penultimate round of the week turns out to be a sort of competitive training in some way. The British tennis player concedes break points in all available batting rounds: needless to say he leaves the service on the street on five occasions and moves the score only in three cases.
The 6-2 6-1 that he matures after just over sixty minutes of play is practically a logical consequence. Third final of the ATP Masters 100' in his career for the Greek talent, in search of his first success in the category and important points to shorten Dominic Thiem, still on the fourth box of the ranking.
Andrey Rublev overcomes the most banal of litmus tests after the resounding success against Rafa Nadal in the quarter-finals. Against Casper Ruud, executioner among other things by Fabio Fognini, the Russian condenses the vast majority of the difficulties in the heart of the second set.
After a slow start, topped off with a decidedly negative turn, the number six of the big group takes the measures from the baseline and above all, towering with the available serve. He settles on 6-3 2-0, yes, but he loses four games in a row and definitively breaks the balance only at the foot of the tie break.
Effectively sealing the success on 6-3 7-5. The Russian takes a pass for the first '1000' final in his career and undermines Roger Federer from the seventh box of the ranking. The one with Tsitsipas will be the seventh direct confrontation in the ATP Tour.
The balance? Of course 3-3.
ATP Stuttgart Director: "We can convince Roger Federer to..."
For the second consecutive year, the Roland Garros has been the protagonist of a shift from its original dates. In 2020, countless controversies were unleashed following the unilateral choice of the Parisian Slam to move between September and October, given that it would have been impossible to organize the tournament in full lockdown in May.
This year the situation does not look much better, considering that France has had to close everything again to cope with the sudden surge in infections. Above all for this reason, it was decided to postpone the start of the French Open for a week, which will therefore start on May 30th.
It follows that all the other events, especially those on grass-courts that precede Wimbledon, will have to find a solution in order not to see the main draw mutilated by the French giant. Among the victims of the skid there is certainly the Stuttgart ATP event, scheduled from 7 to 13 June.
During an interview with Kicker in recent days, German tournament director Edwin Weindorfer expressed his bitterness at how the situation was handled. "Obviously I can't hide that I'm very angry. The Roland Garros did it all by itself again.
We will not let that week be stolen from us," Weindorfer said, suggesting that he will not give up so easily. Despite the evolution of the calendar, Edwin remains confident that he can persuade some top players to go to Stuttgart.
"You need to be able to react quickly in these unstable times. Maybe Roger Federer or Andy Murray understand that the proximity between Roland Garros and Wimbledon does not help them, or they leave the scene in the first week in Paris," he analyzed.
In fact, the presence of King Roger in the second Grand Slam of the season is anything but obvious. It seems difficult for the 20-time Grand Slam champion to jeopardize his preparation for a tournament in which he has very little chance of winning. The same argument could also apply to Murray.