Tiafoe captures first
career ATP title in Delray Beach
Sally Milano | February 25, 2018
Frances Tiafoe captured the first ATP title of his career Sunday, defeating Peter Gojowczyk of Germany, 6-1, 6-4, in the final of the Delray Beach Open.
With the victory, Tiafoe, 20, becomes the youngest American to win an ATP championship since 2002, when a 19-year-old Andy Roddick captured the title in Houston.
“I just can't believe it. A lot's going through my mind," Tiafoe told ATPWorldTour.com after the match. "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 jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead to start the match and eventually took the first set, 6-1, in less than a half hour.
The two players held serve to start the second set, then traded breaks of serve over the next three games before the American held serve to take a 4-2 lead and eventually close out the set, 6-4, and win the one-hour, one-minute match.
The week in Delray was a breakthrough one for Maryland native Tiafoe, as the #NextGenATP American notched the first quarterfinal, semifinal and final wins of his career at the tournament.
A wild card in the draw, Tiafoe posted victories over unseeded Australian Matthew Ebden in the first round, world No. 10 and No. 2 seed Juan Martin del Potro in the second round, reigning #NextGenATP Finals champion and No. 8 seed Hyeon Chung in the quarterfinals and world No. 46 Denis Shapovalov in the semifinals, before his victory over Gojowczyk in the final.
Tiafoe reached his first career quarterfinal last week at the New York Open. Before then, he had nine tour-level victories and now has won seven matches in the past two weeks alone.
Americans were also victorious in doubles in Delray, as Jack Sock and Jackson Withrow claimed the title with a 4-6, 6-4 [10-8] win over fourth seeds Nicholas Monroe and John-Patrick Smith in the final.
The victory was Sock's second in doubles in Delray, as he also captured the title there with James Blake in 2013 for the first tour-level doubles championship of his career.