Andrey Rublev of Russia, who is playing as a neutral, won his first Association of Tennis Professionals Masters 1000 title at the Monte Carlo Masters after defeating Holger Rune of Denmark in the final.
Rune won the first set 7-5 as the 19-year-old took an early advantage.
However, in the second set, Rublev dominated, taking it 6-2 to level the match.
In an unpredictable third set, Rune took an early lead after winning three consecutive games.
The turning point came during the sixth game of the final set, as Rublev climbed back into the game after being down 4-1.
He seized his break chances and leveled the set at 4-4.
Rublev broke for a 6-5 lead before serving out to achieve a hard-fought win in a set that finished 7-5.
“I have tears and don’t know what to say, I’m just so happy,” said Rublev, who won mixed doubles tennis gold at Tokyo 2020 alongside Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, representing the Russian Olympic Committee.
“Finally, after struggling so much to win these 1000 tournaments.
“Losing 4-1 at 0-30, then breakpoint, I’m thinking there’s no chance to win and somehow I did it.
“I was deep inside hoping I would have one chance, knowing that in previous finals mentally I was not ready and when I was losing I was thinking there would be no chance to win anymore.
“Today I was thinking, ‘Okay, if you’re going to lose today, at least believe until the end and that’s what I tried to do in the third set, hoping I would have one chance to come back.”
He was presented with the trophy by Prince Albert II of Monaco, a member of the International Olympic Committee.
In the doubles event, Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek of the United States claimed the title after victory over Romain Arneodo of Monaco and Austria’s Sam Weissenborn.