Fritz fends off Purcell to win third Eastbourne title

American Taylor Fritz roars in celebration after his victory over Max Purcell
Taylor Fritz has never got beyond the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam [Getty Images]

Taylor Fritz won his third Eastbourne International title with a 6-3 6-4 victory over surprise finalist Max Purcell.

The American top seed was previously successful at the tournament in 2019 and 2022 and came through this year's event without dropping a set.

Fritz served nine aces in the final and just had too much power for world number 94 Purcell of Australia, who battled through two qualifying rounds to reach the main draw.

"This has been the best I have been serving on grass," world number 13 Fritz said.

"I always feel like I play well here and just had a good feeling coming into the week. I did a great job."

Fritz's victory, ahead of Wimbledon getting under way on Monday, gave him an eighth ATP Tour title and his second of 2024.