Delray Beach Open: Tiafoe beats fellow American Fratangelois

Frances Tiafoe beat Bjorn Fratangelois, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Sunday in the Delray Beach Open round of 16 match.

Tiafoe won his first ATP Tour title as a 20-year-old wild card at Delray Beach in 2018.   -  Twitter

Frances Tiafoe gained momentum Sunday in his bid for another Delray Beach Open title by winning a round of 16 match against fellow American Bjorn Fratangelois, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Tiafoe won his first ATP Tour title as a 20-year-old wild card at Delray Beach in 2018. His career record is 9-2 in the tournament and 62-93 elsewhere on the ATP Tour.

“I love playing here,” Tiafoe said. “I love South Florida. It’s a good vibe.”

No. 4-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland also reached the quarterfinals, beating Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia, 6-2, 6-2.

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Tiafoe, seeded eighth, won the final four games of the first set and dominated the final set. He lost only eight points on his first serve against Fratangelois.

’We’ve known each other for a long time,” Tiafoe said. “He’s a tough opponent. It’s never easy playing somebody you like.”

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