In a season full of impressive wins TaylorFritz issued a further statement on Tuesday.
“It’s an honor to be on the pitch with Andy,” said Fritz in his on-pitch interview. “Just to get a chance to play him he was there, he’s dominated since I came on tour and basically all the time I’ve been on tour so it’s an honor to play him.”
Throughout his illustrious career, Murray has found ways to turn matches, especially against big hitters. His defense has consistently slowed down the best attacking players of his generation. But not under the Montreal lights on Tuesday night.
Fritz showed no shyness and consistently went for his shots, whether from neutral positions or from full length. The 10th seed has been relentless on offense – winning a 14-minute game to break Murray’s first serve – and he’s never looked back as he improves to 31-12 on the season.
“You go through different parts of the season. Part of the hard court season you have a good rhythm, then you play on clay, then you go back to hard and it might not be the same anymore,” said Fritz. “I didn’t always play well that part of the year before that US Open, so it feels really good this year, it just seems different. I’m playing good tennis right now.”
those years BNP Paribas open Champion, who is seeking his second ATP Masters 1000 title, earned a break at 3-3 in the second set by jumping with a short second serve. Later in the rally, Murray netted a forehand.
The former world No. 1 fought hard as always and earned the chance to level the second set. Fritz quickly blunted that opportunity by defeating a forehand winner.
“There’s a couple of things I need to dial in. I think I could pitch a little bit better,” Fritz said. “But off the ground I felt great. I was aggressive, attacked, changed [directions] from both sides. I think I could dig deeper by dialing in a few things.”
Fritz’s next opponent, Tiafoe, suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Washington late that night Nick Kyrgios. He got back on track by slipping past the Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-3 after two hours and 36 minutes.
Fritz and Tiafoe have known each other since they were young. The former has won three of his four ATP Head2Head duels, most recently triumphing in straight sets in the second round of this year Australian Open.
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Fritz is ninth in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin, 315 points behind eighth-place finisher Felix Auger-Aliassime. The American is trying to qualify for the Nitto ATP Final for the first time.