De Minaur dominates Fritz to lift Atlanta ATP title
Australia's Alex de Minaur captured his second ATP title in dominant style Sunday, dropping just 10 points on serve in a 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) triumph over Taylor Fritz in a battle of rising stars in Atlanta.
Third-seeded de Minaur, 20, became just the third player to win an ATP title without facing a break point since the tour began keeping stats in 1991.
German Tommy Haas did it in Memphis in 2007 and American John Isner managed the feat in Newport in 2017.
More importantly, de Minaur cemented his return from the groin injury that sidelined him for nearly two months after he claimed his maiden victory at Sydney in January.
De Minaur improved to 15-4 on hard courts this season with the US Open looming in August.
His near-flawless display on serve heaped all the pressure on Fritz and the American was broken in the seventh game of the opening set with a double-fault on break point.
De Minaur broke again to pocket the first set when Fritz's drop shot effort failed to clear the net.
Neither player faced a break point in the second, and de Minaur was on the defensive early in the tie-breaker with a double fault on the first point.
He won the next three points, however, to seize control, gave himself match point with a service winner and let out a shout of satisfaction after a backhand volley winner sealed the triumph.
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