The Hindu (Mumbai)

Tsitsipas wins Monte Carlo Masters for the third time


Eze’s 14th-minute goal helped Palace down Liverpool.

for the home side but he had no chance when Eze was left with a simple finish from Tyrick Mitchell’s cross.

Palace were millimetre­s away from a second moments later when Andy Robertson produced a remarkable goalline clearance to deny JeanPhilip­pe Mateta after Virgil van Dijk’s slip let the French striker through. Mohamed Salah had one final chance to at least snatch a point, but his goalbound effort was brilliantl­y blocked by Mitchell in stoppage time.

Unless Liverpool produce a stunning fightback against Atalanta in midweek, Klopp will have just two more games at Anfield before his momentous reign comes to an end.

But what looked like it could be a glorious goodbye is now at danger of turning into a damp squib.

In LaLiga, Joao Felix netted a brilliant bicycle kick to earn depleted Barcelona a 10 win at relegation­threatened Cadiz on Saturday as manager Xavi Hernandez rested key players ahead of its Champions League quarterfin­al against Paris St Germain.

Barca moved to 70 points, eight behind leader Real Madrid.

Barca dominated the early stages and Felix scored the winner in the 37th minute with a stunning strike, pouncing on a rebound from a corner to acrobatica­lly volley home.

The Portuguese forward had scored a bicycle kick in his previous visit to Cadiz.

The results:

Premier League: Liverpool 0 lost to Crystal Palace 1 (Eze 14); West Ham 0 lost to Fulham 2 (Pereira 9, 72).

Bournemout­h 2 (Solanke 16, Kluivert 36) drew with Manchester United 2 (Fernandes 31, 65-pen).

LaLiga: Mallorca 0 lost to Real Madrid 1 (Tchouameni 48); Cadiz 0 lost to Barcelona 1 (Felix 37); Granada 2 (Uzuni 9-pen, Boye 38) bt Alaves 0.

Serie A: Sassuolo 3 (Pinamonti 4, Lauriente 10, 53) drew with AC Milan 3 (Leao 20, Jovic 59, Okafor 84); Napoli 2 (Politano 16, Osimhen 63) drew with Frosinone 2 (Cheddira 50, 73); Bologna 0 drew with Monza 0.

Bundesliga: Darmstadt 0 lost to Freiburg 1 (Doan 36).

Tsitsipas, who added to his titles in 2021 and 2022, will return to the top-10 in the rankings.

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas won his third Monte Carlo Masters title on Sunday as he overwhelme­d Casper Ruud of Norway 61, 64 in the final. The 25yearold, who added the trophy to titles here in 2021 and 2022, will return to the top10 in the ATP world rankings on Monday.

The result: Tsitsipas bt Ruud 6-1,

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