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Frances Tiafoe beats Peter Gojowczyk in Delray Beach Open tennis final

Frances Tiafoe, 20, became the youngest American tennis player to win an ATP World Tour title since Andy Roddick triumphed at Houston in 2002 as a 19-year-old.

tennis Updated: Feb 26, 2018 10:11 IST
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Frances Tiafoe,Peter Gojowczyk,Delray Beach Open
Frances Tiafoe hoists the Delray Beach Open trophy into the air after beating Peter Gojowczyk on Sunday.(AP)

American wildcard Frances Tiafoe earned a breakthrough 6-1 6-4 win over Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk at the Delray Beach Open in Florida on Sunday to collect his maiden ATP title.

Tiafoe, 20, becomes the youngest American to win an ATP World Tour title since Andy Roddick triumphed at Houston in 2002 as a 19-year-old.

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“I just can’t believe it. A lot’s going through my mind,” said world number 91 Tiafoe. “If you would have asked me 10 years ago if I was going to win a title at 20 years old, I probably would have laughed. It’s unbelievable.”

Tiafoe, appearing in his first career tour-level final, charged through the opening set in 25 minutes and held steady in the second before wrapping up the match with a second-serve ace on match point.

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The victory capped a remarkable two-week run for Tiafoe, who reached the quarter-finals in New York last week and beat world number 10 Juan Martin del Potro in the second round at Delray Beach.

First Published: Feb 26, 2018 10:11 IST