Paul wins first Challenger title

The road to the top for Tommy Paul, as with countryman Stefan Kozlov, has had potholes.

But the former junior world No. 3 (he beat Taylor Fritz in the 2015 junior French Open final and lost to him at the US Open final) is back.

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Paul won his first career Challenger title Sunday in Charlottesville.

Battling knee tendonitis, he went from a lucky loser to a champion. He moved up 55 spots in the rankings, to No. 222.

The 21-year-old missed half the season with an elbow injury. The goal now is to make the Australian Open qualifying cutoff.

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