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Taylor Fritz knocks off Tommy Paul to win Delray Beach Open championship

Fritz claims title for second-straight year
Taylor Fritz hits a return to Tommy Paul during the final match at the Delray Beach Open tennis tournament, Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in Delray Beach, Fla.
Posted at 11:47 AM, Feb 19, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-19 17:29:27-05

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — America's top-ranked tennis player is this year's Delray Beach Open champion.

Top-seeded Taylor Fritz, 26, defeated Tommy Paul in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 in a match that lasted a little under two hours.

Fritz, ranked No. 10 in the world, has now won seven titles on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour. Fritz claimed last year's title as well.

Sunday's championship was washed out, moving the final to Monday.

Fritz reached the finals by ousting fellow American Marcos Giron in straight sets (7-6, 6-2) on Saturday. Fritz is coming off a strong showing in the Australian Open where he reached the quarterfinals before losing to 24-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic.

Meanwhile, Paul defeated American Frances Tiafoe on Saturday in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) to reach the finals of the Delray Beach Open. Paul, seeded third in the tournament, made it to the third round of last month's Australian Open.