Stockholm Open: American Tommy Paul wins 1st ATP title

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

The American player concluded the week of his life as a professional โ€” during which he beat Andy Murray and compatriots Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe โ€” by closing into the net on the back of a big first serve and hitting a winner on his third championship point.

Paul โ€” wearing his cap back to front โ€” only won two of his 12 break points against the defending champion, the big one coming at 4-4 in the third set when, at 0-40, he stretched to send a backhand down the line that Shapovalov of Canada couldnโ€™t return at the net.

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โ€œIt took my best tennis to beat Denis,โ€ Paul said. โ€œItโ€™s the most fun Iโ€™ve had playing a tennis tournament.โ€

The No. 52-ranked Paul is assured of breaking into the worldโ€™s top 50 after this week. He won the boysโ€™ singles title at the French Open in 2015.

โ€œIt was just a matter of time when he got a week like this,โ€ said Shapovalov, who was defending the title he won in 2019.

The 2020 event was canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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