Taylor Fritz is on Fire

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Taylor Fritz is on Fire

Taylor Fritz started his season at the 2021 Australian Open where he pushed world number one Novak Djokovic to five sets.

He ultimately lost that contest and went on to have a good, but average first half of the season. The Taylor Fritz we’ve been seeing in the second half is the Taylor Fritz we saw against Djokovic in that third-round matchup. He now seems to be routinely beating top 20 players with consistency and reaching the later rounds of whatever ATP Tournament he enters. Since Wimbledon, he’s made semifinals appearances at Los Cabos, Atlanta, and most importantly at Indian Wells. He then made the final at the St. Petersburg Open.

Is he finally reaching his potential? Is it destiny? Is it because he has tennis royalty in his blood? Many people don’t know that Fritz’s mother was a successful tennis pro that reached a career-high ranking of number 10 in the WTA tour in 1977. In all Kathy May Fritz won seven WTA singles tour titles and seven double titles. In addition, she made three quarterfinal appearances in Grand Slams, two at the French Open and one at the US Open.

Back to Taylor Fritz though. So how did he do this week? Fritz was able to put together another solid week at the Paris Masters, where although he went down to world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets, he beat world number five Rublev and Indian Wells champion, Cameron Norrie, on his way to the final. The match with Djokovic wasn’t the battle folks were expecting. However, Fritz did have his chances.

Fritz will end his season in Stockholm, where he will try to add points to achieve the highest ranking of his career. Then it’s a month off before heading to Australia where he can potentially be seeded in the top 16. Look for more consistent results and a potential top 10 ranking for Fritz in 2021.

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