Acapulco, February 27th – It´s never easy to face a compatriot; what better proof of that, was the duel between Taylor Fritz and John Isner in the first round of this open; the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC.
Things started off a bit complicated for the newest No. 5 in the world. Being the first to lose his serve and John Isner taking advantage of that to win the first set 6-3.
As if that wasn’t enough, Fritz had to ask for physio assistance after the first set due to a left leg discomfort. Taylor was clearly looking for solutions thru stretching but still looked uncomfortable on the court.
Both the physio’s assistance and the break after the first set seemed to help Fritz. Improving significantly with his service, and gradually presented more threats in the return, until he got a big break that allowed him to even the scores with another 6-3.
Isner tried to hold on to the possibility of advancing to the next round, but at the most critical moment of the match, he gave up his serve. Taylor became more aggressive on the return and took advantage of Isner´s errors, putting himself in a position to serve for the match.
After saving a break point, Taylor Fritz took the victory with a final score of 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4 to get into the next round of the Open.
More good news for him, since he´ll have a day off before playing for the quarterfinals against Denis Shapovalov.
“It’s exciting to be inside the top 5. Now it’s time to focus more on the tournament and not so much on the ranking. It was great to get through the match and get the win,” said Fritz after his win this afternoon.