American Fratangelo wins junior title

June 5, 2011 - 9:29 AM
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USA's Bjorn Fratangelo reacts as he defeats Austria's Dominic Thiem in the boys final match for the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, June 5, 2011, in Paris. (AP Photo/Laurent Baheux)

PARIS (AP) — Bjorn Fratangelo became the first American boy since John McEnroe in 1977 to win the junior title at the French Open by defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria 3-6, 6-3, 8-6 Sunday.

The unseeded Fratangelo broke serve at 6-all when Thiem's backhand sailed wide. He clinched victory and fell flat on the red dirt when the 14th-seeded Thiem hit a backhand return long on match point.

Fratangelo, of Pittsburgh, began playing tennis as a 4-year-old and hopes to win major titles like McEnroe, who went on to capture seven Grand Slam titles.

In the girls final, the ninth-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia beat No. 5 Monica Puig of Puerto 7-6 (8), 6-1.