Tommy Paul reaches biggest career final after outlasting Fritz in Acapulco

Saturday, 04 March 2023 at 09:08
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Tommy Paul put friendship aside as he saw off Taylor Fritz in a dramatic clash to reach the final of Abierto Mexicano Acapulco setting the record for the longest match in the 30-year-history of the tournament

It was a 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(2) three hour 25 minute epic as Fritz came back from Paul having his first match point of the contest.
After initially letting a match point slip at 5-4, Paul trailed 0-2 and 1-3 in the third with both saving break points in their final service game. Paul saved four at 5-5 and Fritz erased two match points at 5-6 before Paul then took it out in the tie-break.
He will now face Holger Rune or Alex de Minaur currently battling it out for the chance to play Paul.

Tommy Paul survives a 3h25 battle match against his top 5 BFF Taylor Fritz, 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(2) to reach the biggest final of his career in Acapulco. He had MP in the 2nd set, was 1-3 down in the 3rd, finished 2h after 1st MP Fritz will leave the top 5 after 1 week.


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