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Delray Beach Open: Cameron Norrie beats Reilly Opelka to win third ATP Tour title

Cameron Norrie beat big-serving Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-4), with neither player having their serve broken; Norrie will rise to career-high world No 12 and title joins trophies won at Indian Wells and Los Cabos last year

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Cameron Norrie lost one set across his four matches to win the Delray Beach Open title. Credit: Amazon Prime Video

British No 1 Cameron Norrie won his third ATP Tour title with victory over American Reilly Opelka in the Delray Beach Open final in Florida.

In the first meeting of the top two seeds in the tournament's 30-year history, Norrie, who won trophies at Indian Wells and Los Cabos in 2021, beat the big-serving Opelka 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-4).

Norrie was unable to take any of the five break points he created against world No 20 Opelka, who had needed three hours to win his third consecutive three-set match against John Millman in the semi-finals.

But Norrie raced through the first set tie-break and won the crucial points in the second set tie-break as well, most notably edging 5-4 ahead when Opelka's forehand pass landed just long.

After starting 2022 with four straight defeats, Norrie, 26, will rise to a career-high world No 12.

Norrie, who lost just one set on his way to the title, told the ATP website: "I thought I played a very clean match.

"I didn't face a break point so that was great. I was happy with the way I played and obviously with the result.

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"The tie-breaks I played extremely aggressively, the second one especially. I managed to put a couple of balls away and I was reading the play great. I'm super happy to get the win and beat a guy like Reilly, who is confident and playing well and won [in Dallas] last week."

Teen star Alcaraz makes history in Rio

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain became the youngest to clinch an ATP 500 title at the same event on Sunday when he defeated Diego Schwartzman in the final of the Rio Open.

It was a second tour-level title for Alcaraz after his victory in Umag last year and his 6-4 6-2 victory against Schwartzman made him the youngest ATP 500 champion at the age of 18.

"I can't believe it, honestly. It has been a great week for me playing a great level," Alcaraz said on court after his win.

"First tournament on clay since a long time, so I'm really happy with the performance during the whole week. It's an amazing feeling right now."

Ostapenko wins in Dubai

Jelena Ostapenko beat Veronika Kudermetova in straight sets to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, cruised past the Russian world No 31 in just over an hour, 6-0 6-4, to secure a fifth career WTA singles title.

"I am really happy with the whole week, because it was very tough opponents I had to face every round," Ostapenko said.

"I was fighting, that was the main thing I was doing, because I had honestly no other choice.

"But I am really happy with the way I was playing all week, and I think this way I can gain more confidence."

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