Taylor Fritz flies past Nick Kyrgios in Cincinnati | ATP Tour

TaylorFritzs quick start to the Western & Southern Open continued on Wednesday with a quick 6-3, 6-2 second-round win over the in-form Nick Kyrgios.

In a clash between two of the ATP Tour’s biggest servers, it was 11th seed Fritz whose performance proved impenetrable in his 51-minute win at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati. The American hit 16 aces and didn’t face a break point in his first tour-level meeting with Kyrgios, who was treated on his knee by the physio during the match.

“It feels great to have it [my] Game comes together today,” said Fritz, who improved his record in Masters 1000 tournaments this season to 15-3 with the win. “It’s the kind of match I really needed to give me a lot of confidence going into the next match US Openmany things fit for sure.”

Fritz defeated Sebastian Bass in just 54 minutes in his opening game in Cincinnati, where he is in the third round for the first time in five appearances. His opponent there will be a finalist in 2021 Andrei Rublev.

After five opening games mostly dominated by serves, it was Fritz who carved out the only break point chances of the opener as the American capitalized on a series of errors by Kyrgios to break 4-2. Fritz, who never dropped serve en route to his third ATP Tour title at Eastbourne in June, offered few counterattack opportunities for Kyrgios as he neared the opening set.

As Kyrgios increased his game speed and started struggling with his knee, Fritz was clinical in the race to set number two, staying solid from deep and maintaining his accurate serve. He completed the win after winning 86 percent (30/35) of the points behind his first delivery.

“I was just concentrating on myself,” said Fritz when asked about the speed of play in the second set. “He was playing at the server’s tempo… I was trying to play at his tempo too, if he wants to play that way it’s fine. I can control the tempo on my serve, so I was like, ‘I’m on break, just focus.’

“It feels good to have the rest of the day to relax and focus on the next game.”

INSIGHTS conversion Statistics for the game show how effectively Fritz exploited strong positions. The American won 76 percent (19/25) of the points in attack, 16 percent more than Kyrgios.

Fritz Kyrgios INSIGHTS in attack
Rublev had previously found a hot streak at just the right moment to capitalize on the momentum in their second-round clash Fabio Fognini. The world No. 8 took five straight points from 2/3 to force the tiebreak in set number two and force a decider, and Rublev took charge from that point, breaking twice in the final set for a 6: 2 to complete. 7(7), 7-6(3), 6-2 win.

The win gave Rublev a 6-5 lead in his ATP Head2Head series with Fognini. The 24-year-old reached the final in Cincinnati in 2021 but he is entering his third-round matchup after Fritz fell to the American at the Masters 1000 events in Paris last November and Indian Wells in March.

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