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Two rising American tennis stars renewed their rivalry in the men's singles final at the Rakuten Japan Open on Sunday, October 9.
World No. 11 Taylor Fritz and 19th-ranked Frances Tiafoe went all-out in pursuit of every point in just under 1 hour and 57 minutes of court time.
In the end, Fritz prevailed 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2) at Tokyo's Ariake Colosseum, earning his fourth career singles title and second this year.
What's more, Fritz became the first American in more than a quarter century to win the tournament. Pete Sampras was the last American singles champion in the event in 1996, when he defeated Richey Reneberg 6-4, 7-5 for his 42nd career title.
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Author: Ed Odeven
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