Author: Tomi Garguilo

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Tommy Haas said he regarded Fernando Gonzalez as one of the toughest opponents he faced when both were on the regular ATP Tour. Haas needed all he could muster Saturday night to defeat Gonzalez in the nightcap of the ATP Champions Tour Delray Beach Open at the Delray Beach Stadium. “He made some unbelievable shots at times. It almost felt like old times,” Haas said after needing a lengthy third-set tiebreak beat Gonzalez 6-7(5), 6-3, 13-11. “When he was on top of his game he was one of the toughest players to play. His serve was good, he hit the spots, the forehand was just lethal. It’s always a challenge playing against him, and even tonight I could feel it at times. . . . It was definitely a very competitive match. Fernando’s such a great shotmaker.” The win by Haas...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – It’s been almost a year since Donald Young had an ATP world ranking in the top 100, and he’s coming off a disappointing, if not trying, 2018 campaign. But this weekend, the 29-year-old American is hoping to rekindle some of the magic that the left-hander has enjoyed here in the past at the ATP 250 in Delray Beach. Young was a semifinalist here two years ago, losing to eventual champion Jack Sock. Two years earlier, he made it to the 2015 finals, losing to Ivo Karlovic. Young arrived here this week with a No. 201 world ranking, far removed from his career high of No. 38 in 2012 when he was tabbed as a rising star among the American contingent. He took a first step toward regaining what he hopes will be another successful run here when he won his first-round...

By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – He handled every challenger he faced, including one of the world’s best, and cleared every obstacle in his way, including a lengthy rain delay that forced him to finish one match and then play another on the same day. Suffice it to say that Frances Tiafoe truly earned the title of 2018 Delray Beach Open champion. The 20-year-old Tiafoe polished off the most successful week of his young career here Sunday when he defeated German Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 6-4 to capture his first ATP World Tour title at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Tiafoe is the first wild card winner at Delray Beach and is the youngest American to win an ATP title since 19-year-old Andy Roddick won at Houston in 2002. He’s also the first Next-Gen American to win a title and the eighth player to capture his first ATP...