Author: Tomi Garguilo

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – There are come-from-behind wins, and then there is the stunning one that Radu Albot of Moldova orchestrated Saturday night at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. Albot won 12 consecutive games after dropping the first set to defeat American Mackenzie McDonald 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 in the singles semifinals, sending Albot to his first career ATP Tour final. “I think a lot of players come back (from deficits). It’s tennis, you have to win two (sets), lose one (and) it’s a fight. This is an achievement that I’ve never done before,” Albot said following his milestone victory. Albot will face Daniel Evans of Great Britain in Sunday’s championship match at 3 p.m. EDT. It will be a matchup of two 5-foot-9 players who have made up for what they lack in height with gritty, inspired tennis this week at the...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – As the winningest doubles tandem in ATP Tour history, the Bryan brothers have a boatload of trophies, but what they accomplished at the Delray Beach Open this week certainly ranks among their fondest memories. Bob and Mike Bryan hoisted an ATP championship trophy for a record 117th time Sunday afternoon at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center after holding off a strong challenge from another brothers team, Ken and Neal Skupski of Great Britain. The Bryans’ 7-6(5), 6-4 win gives them their fifth title in seven finals appearances in Delray Beach and their first this year since the return of Bob from hip replacement surgery he had last summer. “We’re very, very pleased with how this one’s gone,” Bob Bryan said. “Expections, I think for me have been a little lower than they have in the past. We’ve just been...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Radu Albot already is one of the most recognized athletes in his home country of Moldova in Eastern Europe. He’s going to be even more famous now. Albot became the first Moldovan to ever win an ATP Tour-level tournament Sunday when the 29-year-old defeated Daniel Evans of Great Britain 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(7) in a compelling singles final at the Delray Beach Open. “I think a lot of people were watching for sure,” Albot said. “My parents watched all my matches and they didn’t sleep for a week, so I hope they are very, very happy now.” Suffice it to say that Albot truly earned the championship trophy presented to him following the grueling three-setter that took 2 hours, 51 minutes – not including a 56-minute rain delay – to determine a winner. It was Albot’s fourth three-set victory here this week, and he rallied...

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...

By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The painful disappointment of falling short in his quest to defend his singles title here this week was soothed Sunday for Jack Sock when he became the third player in Delray Beach Open history to win three combined titles in singles and doubles. What made the day even more special for Sock was that he accomplished the feat while teaming with his close friend Jackson Withrow to defeat Nicholas Monroe and John-Patrick Smith 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 in the doubles final. It’s the first ATP World Tour title for Withrow. “It’s not so much about the tennis, it’s more about our friendship. That’s what works for us,” Withrow said. Sock and Withrow are now 4-3 as a team. They captured the title Sunday playing in their first final together after storming through the doubles draw that included wins against three of the four seeded...