Stockholm Open: American Tommy Paul wins first ATP title


Tommy Paul won the first ATP Tour title of his career, beating Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to clinch the Stockholm Open on Saturday.

The American player ended the week of his professional life – during which he beat Andy Murray and compatriots Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe – closing the net with a big first serve and scoring a winner on his third point in the league.

Paul – wearing his cap backwards – only won two of his 12 break points against the title holder, the big one at 4-4 in the third set when, at 0-40, he stretched to send a backhand on the line that Shapovalov of Canada could not return to the net.

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“It took my best tennis to beat Denis,” said Paul. “It’s the most fun I’ve ever played in a tennis tournament.”

The “no. 52-ranked Paul is confident of entering the world top 50 after this week. He won the men’s singles title at the French Open in 2015.

“It was only a matter of time when he had a week like this,” said Shapovalov, who was defending the title he won in 2019.

The 2020 event was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.


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