STOCKHOLM/STARNBERG, November 14, 2021
Tommy Paul captured his first ATP Tour title on Saturday to complete a dream week at the Stockholm Open. The 24-year-old US-American recorded a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory over third seed and defending champion Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the singles final.
World No. 52 Paul, who beat local wild card Leo Borg, fellow US-American Taylor Fritz, former World No. 1 Andy Murray of Great Britain and his compatriot Frances Tiafoe en route to the title match, won 72 per cent of his first-service points and 52 per cent of the total points played to secure victory in two hours and 12 minutes.
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With his 25th match win of the season, Paul is the first US-American to lift the Stockholm title since James Blake clinched his second straight trophy in 2006.“I played some of my best tennis to beat Denis,” said Paul. “It’s the most fun I’ve had playing a tennis tournament. It means everything to win my first title. I’ve worked so hard to achieve this and I’d like to break into the Top 30.”
Following four title wins on the ATP Challenger Tour, Paul lifted his maiden tour-level trophy. The Florida native pocketed €98,030 in prize money as well as 250 ATP Ranking points.