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Paul savours maiden ATP Tour title success

Tommy Paul has had a huge week, winning the first ATP Tour title of his career by defeating defending champion Denis Shapovalov to capture the Stockholm Open.

The American player concluded the week of his life as a tennis professional – during which he beat Andy Murray and compatriots Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe – by closing into the net on the back of a big first serve and hitting a winner on his third championship point to close out a 6-4 2-6 6-4 victory.

Paul only won two of his 12 break points against the third-seeded Shapovalov, but the one to go ahead 5-4 in the deciding set proved decisive.

“It took my best tennis to beat Denis,” Paul said.

“It’s the most fun I’ve had playing a tennis tournament.”

Paul, who started the week ranked 52nd, is assured of breaking into the world’s top 50.

He won the boys’ singles title at the French Open in 2015.

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

The 2020 event was cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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