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Fritz beats Tiafoe in Japan Open final

Rakuten Japan Open - Day 7

TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Fritz of the United States poses with the trophy after defeating Frances Tiafoe of the United States in the singles final game on day seven of the Rakuten Japan Open at Ariake Coliseum on October 09, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

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TOKYO -- Taylor Fritz defeated Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) in an all-American Japan Open final.

It was a perfect five days for Fritz in Tokyo, who arrived at the tournament just after the end of his seven days of quarantine in Seoul following a positive COVID-19 test.

"(It is) crazy, I don’t even think it’s set in just how fast the last four or five days have been,” Fritz said after becoming the first American to win the Japan Open since Pete Sampras last won it in 1996.

“It’s so crazy, and I couldn’t have written it any better.”

Tiafoe had come into the final on the back of winning 13 straight singles tiebreakers, but Fritz dominated the final with his aggressive hitting.