Paul surpasses Giron to capture the ATP Dallas Open title

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American Tommy Paul won his second ATP Tour title by beating countryman Marcos Grion in the Dallas Open final (Lillian SUWANRUMPHA)

American Tommy Paul won his second ATP Tour title by beating countryman Marcos Grion in the Dallas Open final (Lillian SUWANRUMPHA)

Tommy Paul won his second ATP Tour title on Sunday, defeating fellow American Marcos Giron 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 6-3 in the final of the Dallas Open.

World number 15 Paul won his only previous ATP crown in 2021 in Stockholm but had lost in last year’s finals in Acapulco and Eastbourne in his only other ATP tournament matches.

Paul, who reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at last year’s Australian Open, broke Giron for a 2-0 lead in the final set and held on to win on a service winner after two hours and 32 minutes.

Paul dominated the first breaker, but lost the battle for the second.

In a marathon ninth game that lasted more than 12 minutes, Paul held serve when Giron filled a forehand.

But Giron then held, broke for a second set 6-5 when Paul sent a forehand long, then held again to force a third set.

Paul improved to 2-1 against Giron in ATP events, losing their first meeting in a first-round match at the 2021 Miami Open but taking last year’s round of 16 in Canada .

Giron, ranked 67th, eliminated US top seed Frances Tiafoe and French fourth seed Adrian Mannarino to reach his second ATP final, after falling in the 2022 San Diego championship match.

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