American Tiafoe Wins 1st Career Title at ATP Delray Beach
by Staff | February 26th, 2018, 12:29 am

American Frances Tiafoe made his breakthrough on Sunday at the Delray Beach Open, winning his first career title after cruising past unseeded Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 6-4.
The 20 year old became the youngest American to win an ATP title since 19-year-old Andy Roddick at 2002 Houston. He also became the first-ever wildcard to raise the trophy in Delray Beach.

“I was not expecting this week, especially with how the year started and everything,” Tiafoe said. “It’s unbelievable. It’s obviously a dream to win your first title. Now I got that off my back so that feels pretty good, so early in my career. It’s an amazing feeling and I just hope I can get many more as I go along.”

Tiafoe had prior to the week never reached a tour quarterfinal, and during the week toppled former US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro and this year’s Australian Open semifinalist Hyeon Chung.

Gojowczyk looked to take down Tiafoe after being an American-killer all week, downing John Isner, Reilly Opelka and Steve Johnson. The German had his left hamstring wrapped trailing 0-5 in the first set.

“I was a little bit handicapped today…it was like a needle in the muscle,” Gojowczyk said. “It was not my day today. But still, it was a good week for me, too. I reached my career high now, 51, with this tournament. So keep looking forward.”

The 28-year-old German improved fell to 1-1 in career finals, last year winning at Metz on indoor hardcourts.

On match point Tiafoe unleashed a second-serve ace.

“If you asked me when I was younger if I was going to be here at 20 years old, winning a title, now being in a position to not only help myself but my family, it’s an unbelievable place to be in, and I hope to just go only forward,” Tiafoe said.

He is projected to rise to No. 61 on the ATP rankings.

“I’m still nowhere near playing [my best],” he said. “I feel like there’s so many things I can work on, so many things I can get better.”

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11 Comments for American Tiafoe Wins 1st Career Title at ATP Delray Beach

Old School Says:

I enjoyed Francis’ run. He’s talented and fun to watch. FT is representative of the surfeit of young talent that’s emerging; and he’s American.

lylenubbins Says:

Agree, fun to watch! Good job TFO!! Now let’s hope he keeps improving esp. the mental side.

SG1 Says:

Watched the highlights of his match with Shapovalov. Tiafoe is a promising player. His forehand reminds me a litle of Roddick’s.

SG1 Says:

Shapo looks like he’s struggling a bit from the backhand wing but I expect he’ll be fine. A very young player still figuring things out.

Humble Rafa Says:

It looks like ITF is taking steps to kill Davis Cup. Good memories for me in Davis Cup.

rognadfan Says:

It looks like they visited TX to see what we think about DC here. Feels mostly like what I wrote in a DC related thread couple months or so back.
Hope it’s materialized in a good way. I think it’s going to fail if they simply go with reformatting (eg., do it every year like DC but with different format). Best approach for such a WC event would be to have right frequency (say every 2 years?) and do it in a truely global basis with qualifiers and whatnot.

Andrew Miller Says:

Huge result for Tiafoe and USA men’s tennis. The future looks better than it did with Tiafoe showing his mettle here. He’ll be hungry for a second title.

Tennis Stud Says:

Great win for Tiafoe. This should give him enough confidence to do better in 500s and 1000s.

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Andrew Miller Says:

Tiafoe could win a bigger hardcourt event. Now that he has seen himself to the same title that launched Nishikori on the ATP tour, he probably feels good about his training and will keep it up.

Tiafoe has excellent court sense and competitive instincts. He lacked the consistency and confidence that follows consistency.

He has a taste of winning a good first title. That should follow him to Indian Wells and Miami.

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