Taylor Fritz stormed to a 6-3, 6-2 win over the Australian Nick Kyrgios on Wednesday and a third-round berth at the Cincinnati Open. In a clash of big servers, it was the American No. 1 who prevailed, sending 16 aces against a failing Kyrgios who hit just seven and equalized most of them with six double faults.
11th-seeded Fritz took just 51 minutes to sentence Australian Kyrgios to his second loss since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final. Such was Fritz’ dominance on serve that Kyrgios couldn’t come up with a single break opportunity throughout the match, while the 24-year-old American converted three of his seven chances.
Some of the viewers weren’t impressed with Kyrgios’ efforts and there were a few boos at the end of the one-sided affair.
“He doesn’t look strong enough to make it week after week,” noted former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski on Amazon Prime. “You can hear the boos in the stadium. They didn’t feel like he was doing his best out there. But I think you have to give him some leeway… he tried.
Kyrgios, who is on target with 16 wins in his last 18 games dating back to the start of his famous Wimbledon run, appeared distracted from the start, muttering that it’s “only a matter of time before it all unravels “. .
Fritz next meets sixth-placed Russia’s Andrey Rublev, who recorded a 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 6-2 win over Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
“It feels great that my game came together today,” said Fritz. “It’s the kind of match that I really needed to give me a lot of confidence going into the next match, for the US Open, a lot of things are coming together for sure.”
Australia’s No.1 Alex de Minaur was also subdued in a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Just as Kyrgios had too much firepower for him in Montreal last week, the Sydney insider, who so often finds the best in the business are a step too far for him, has been bullied by the young Canadian.
It was a disheartening experience for world No. 20 de Minaur, who didn’t try too hard as he tried to start a fight from a 4-0 deficit in the second set.
Auger-Aliassime graced his emphatic win with 22 winners. The 22-year-old’s power earned him four breaks while de Minaur broke just once as the second stanza was almost all gone at 4-1, a brilliant performance crowned by a rocketing forehand.
But his resistance didn’t last long as Auger-Aliassime quickly restored his dominance to go 5-2 up with a break before ending proceedings with his own delivery in just 78 minutes.