WATCH: Taylor Fritz captured his third title of 2022 in Tokyo, Japan.


Taylor Fritz's triumph at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships might've been a perfect 10. Though Tokyo isn't the biggest title of the American's career so far, Fritz's 10-day swing in Asia concluded with what could be his memorable victory yet.

Fresh off a seven-day quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 last week in Seoul, Fritz arrived in Japan and was made to work in three-set victories over James Duckworth, Hiroki Moriya and Denis Shapovalov to reach his ninth career ATP singles final. (Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the pair's anticipated quarterfinal match with a knee injury.)

In a thrilling all-American final, No. 3 seed Fritz defeated his good friend and No. 4 seed Frances Tiafoe in two tiebreaks, 7-6(4), 7-6(3), to win his third title of the season and fourth of his career—and snapped Tiafoe's 13-set winning streak in tiebreaks in the process.

Ten's also a significant number because of what Fritz's victory means for the tour landscape: He's the tenth different American man to win in Tokyo all-time, and is the first U.S. man to triumph at the event since Pete Sampras in 1996. He'll make his Top 10 debut next week at No. 8, and will also move up to No. 7 in the Race to the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy.

“[It's] crazy, I don’t even think it’s set in just how fast the last four or five days have been,” Fritz said after the match.

“It’s so crazy, and I couldn’t have written it any better. It’s exactly what I needed for the Race, for my ranking, to kind of put me in a good position for the end of the year, so it’s amazing.”


The win at the ATP 500 event also makes Fritz one of just three players to triumph at all three levels of ATP Tour events in 2022; he also triumphed at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells, and at the ATP 250 event in Eastbourne.

He joins Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas in that achievement.