American Tommy Paul wins his first ATP title at Stockholm Open
World number 52 Tommy Paul has won his first-ever ATP Title at the Stockholm Open in an exhilarating final showdown which he won 6-4 2-6 6-4 against the 2019 defending champion and current World number 18 Denis Shapovalov from Canada. The North-American encounter lasted over two hours in front of a full Royal Tennis Hall crowd. With his first title here in Stockholm, Tommy Paul becomes the 10th American to win the Stockholm Open title.
The 24-year-old American quickly went up a break to win it 6-4. Attacking tennis from the baseline ensured he could put pressure on the 22-year-old Canadian. However, Shapovalov’s grit and determination helped him level the match at two sets a piece. The Stockholm Open crowd were entertained by some top-quality tennis in the third. Tommy was the first to break at a crucial point to lead 5-4. Serving for the match, the American won his final game to love, proving how solid his service game was in the third set.
"It has been fantastic to play here in front of such a wonderful audience, who have supported me all week", Tommy Paul said immediately after the match.
Final’s day at the Stockholm Open surely did not disappoint. Since the pandemic cancelled live sporting events last year, Swedish tennis fans have been eager to watch their favorite players live in action. From that point of view, the Stockholm Open had one of the best line-ups ever. During the prize ceremony, while congratulating the new Stockholm Open winner, Thomas Enqvist, the three-time Stockholm Open winner and the Tournament Director of Stockholm Open said,
"When you dare to beat someone named Borg, you are bound to win the title!"
Sir Andy Murray’s presence and his great tennis became one of the highlights of the tournament. The modern and explosive tennis styles delivered by the young breed of players such as 21-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime, 23-year-old Frances Tiafoe and the youngest, and number one seeded, 20-year-old Jannik Sinner were on display throughout the week.
This splendid Saturday of world-class tennis ended on a glamorous note with a wonderful prize ceremony led by Thomas Enqvist, Tournament Director, Dan Rastland, the Chairman of Stockholm Open AB, and Paula Guillet de Monthoux, Secretary General at the World Childhood Foundation. During the prize ceremony, 2021 champion Tommy Paul warmly thanked the tournament and appreciated how amazing it had been to win his first title in such an amazing venue.