Monte Carlo Masters gallery: From Novak Djokovic exit to Stefanos Tsitsipas triumph

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The Monte Carlo Masters has proven to be a fascinating stop on the ATP Tour.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas successfully defended the Monte Carlo Masters title he won in 2021 becoming only the fourth man in history to retain his maiden Masters’ title.

Early in the tournament the focus was on the return of Novak Djokovic but the Serb couldn’t get past eventual finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round.

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beat Novak Djokovic their Monte Carlo Masters second round match 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 and would go on to reach his first ATP Tour final.

Davidovich Fokina would prove the great entertainer of the Monte Carlo Masters from his odd socks to underhand serves.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina was the most captivating player at the 2022 Monte Carlo Masters and the crowd responded well to the 22-year-old Spaniard with ‘Foki’ chants a fixture.

There were more early upsets as Carlos Alcaraz went down to American Sebastian Korda in the Round of 32.

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Sebastian Korda of the US shakes hands with Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz after winning their second round match at the 2022 Monte Carlo Masters.

Stan Wawrinka made his return and prompted a bizarre victory speech from Alexander Bublik who said he had hoped the Swiss would beat him.

Stan Wawrinka
Former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka made his long-awaited return to the court at the 2022 Monte Carlo Masters but lost his first match against Alexander Bublik.

Alexander Zverev returned to the court as well but fans in Monte Carlo gave him a hostile reception.

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 Alexander Zverev was given plenty of jeers by the crowd and the German can expect a hostile reception at a few more stops on the tour after his antics in Acapulco.

Grigor Dimitrov played as well as he has for some time in reaching the last four only to be frustrated by Davidovich Fokina.

Grigor Dimitrov Monte Carlo Masters
Grigor Dimitrov spent the week doing Grigor Dimitrov things with his amazing athleticism once again coming together with a great clay court game.

Davidovich Fokina racked up big scalps on his road to the final beating Djokovic and Dimitrov as well as the likes of David Goffin and Indian Wells titlist Taylor Fritz.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina left Monte Carlo as a beaten finalist but could well prove to be a force on the European clay court swing which now moves to Barcelona and Belgrade.

Stefanos Tsitsipas established himself as the early favourite to retain his Monte Carlo crown.

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas was seeded third for the Monte Carlo Masters but looked a hot favourite for the final from the outset in his opening match against Fabio Fognini.

Tsitsipas produced some masterful tennis in the early rounds before grinding through a tough quarterfinal against Diego Schwartzman

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas faltered briefly in his quarterfinal match against Diego Schwartzman who drew perhaps the shot of the week out of the Greek star in their epic battle.

British Doubles World No 1 Joe Salisbury added a Masters series title to his collection taking the Monte Carlo title with regular partner Rajeev Ram.

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Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram celebrate winning the Monte Carlo Masters doubles.

Tsitsipas prevailed in an entertaining if brief final against Davidovich Fokina.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas enjoyed a great week at the Monte Carlo Country club a venue that he hasn’t lost at since 2020 and retained the 1000 ATP Rankings points he earned last year.