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Tommy Paul smiling while lifting the trophy at the cinch Championships
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cinch Championships 2024: Tommy Paul becomes ninth American man to emerge victorious at the Queen’s Club

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Tommy Paul has been crowned the new cinch Championships men’s singles winner after capping off an impressive week with a straight sets win over Lorenzo Musetti.

The American needed one hour and 28 minutes to overcome the world No.30, as he glided to a 6-1, 7-6(8) victory and secure his maiden title on the grass.
 

His hard-fought efforts see him become the ninth American man to etch his name on the trophy, and the first since Sam Querry in 2010, and will now go on to become the new American No.1 on Monday.

Speak on lifting the biggest title of his career so far, Paul said, "I want to congratulate Lorenzo on a good week he’s been playing amazing tennis. I’m happy to get the win today but I’m happy to share the court with you.

Paul now joins an illustrous list of American greats who have also stamped their mark in the history books at the Queen's Club, including Andy Roddick (2003-2005, 2007), John McEnroe (1979-1981, 1984), Jimmy Connors (1973, 1982, 1983) and Pete Sampras (1995, 1999).

“It means everything (to join them). Going through the hallways in here, the locker room, the names that are on the wall - its unbelievable and it was my goal always to put my name next to them."

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Paul came out firing from the get-go, looking to take all time away from his Italian opponent as he raced ahead to a 3-0 lead. Despite Musetti landing a respectable 61% of first serves, he won only 45% of points behind it as Paul dominated on return - eventually wrapping up a ruthless opening set with a double break.

Into the second they went and world No.30 Musetti looked to reset, as he eventually snapped the American’s three game win streak. In similar fashion to the first set, it was Paul who found the initial breakthrough at 4-3 to give him the chance to close out the match. However, it was now or never for the Italian, who dug deep to get an immediate break back with an outstanding backhand down the line to be handed a lifeline in the final showdown..

With the 22-year-old carrying the momentum on his back, he sprinted to a 4-1 lead but a mis-hit drop shot that plummeted into the net gifted the mini-break back to the American before he went on to close out the victory on his third match point.

Although Musetti finished runner-up, he still leaves West London with his head held high. The 2022 Hamburg champion took down last year's runner-up Alex de Minuar in the opening round before bypassing Brandon Nakashima, Britain's Billy Harris and Jordan Thompson, and showcased his Italian flair and passion across the week to win over the British crowd.

"Definitely one of the nicest weeks of my career so far" Musetti said after his loss. "First of all I want to congratulate Tommy – he deserved to win, I was really struggling to get to his level. I saved face a little bit at the end with the break and fought really hard to try and get to the third set.

“I want to thank the LTA for their organisation of this fantastic tournament. It’s one of the nicest weeks on the tour and every time I step on this fantastic court I’m really happy to play tennis and to have chosen tennis as a sport.”

Both players will now go on to enter the third Grand Slam of the season at The Championships, Wimbledon in red-hot form and will be considered strong contenders to cause an upset.

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