The Greek recently expressed his admiration for Rublev's victorious performance at the 2023 Monte-Carlo Masters. This gesture highlights the growth in their relationship, moving from previous discord to a place of respect.
Rublev's journey to the Monte-Carlo Masters title was nothing short of impressive. With a nail-biting final against Denmark's Holger Rune, Rublev secured his first-ever ATP Masters 1000 trophy in a thrilling 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 victory.
The relationship between Tsitsipas and Rublev has not always been this amicable. Following a defeat by Rublev at the 2022 ATP Finals' group stage, Tsitsipas commented that he felt like the superior player on the court, claiming that Rublev relied on his "few tools" to secure the win.
Rublev retorted by acknowledging Tsitsipas's higher rank but emphasized that most of their matches were 'tough battles' but he didn't seem to be really moved by his comment, especially after emerging victorious in their clash.
Now, after Rublev won the Monte-Carlo Masters, Tsitsipas took to Twitter to congratulate the Russian, but he did it in his own way.
"He deserves it. He is a good kid."
Tennis fans were also entertained by Tsitsipas referring to the 25-year-old Russian player as a 'kid', considering that the Greek himself is 24 years old, so one year younger than Rublev.