Fritz beats Tiafoe to reach semifinals


  • Taylor wins again in straight sets to reach the semifinals of the tournament and extended his winning streak against Tiafoe with a 6-1 record in his favor.

Acapulco, March 2nd – The American (US) Taylor Fritz, third seed and also in great shape, defeated his compatriot Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC and raises his hand to become the top favorite for the title in Acapulco. The American is still without losing a set after coming from behind against John Isner and is in the semifinals.

Fritz took the match against Tiafoe, who put up a fight but not enough to hold off the current No. 5 in the world. The direct match already looked favorable towards Taylor, but in the AMT he confirmed his condition of favorite with a more than convincing performance in the Arena GNP Seguros stadium.

The American conceded four break points during the whole match, but he managed to save them both with his opponent’s hits and misses. Tiafoe, on the other hand, only faced three break points but gave up his serve on a couple of occasions in the first set, enough for Fritz to take the first set and then the victory.

Taylor commanded from the back of the court. His forehand became his main weapon taking the initiative first. In defense he was also very correct and made very few unforced errors, most of them when he was on the return and had more room to try new things.

The crowd tried to encourage Tiafoe to have a longer match, but the Marylander was unable to convert any of the break points that would have brought him back into the match. Frances had to settle for a couple of points that caused the unanimous applause of the audience that enjoyed the duel between Americans that ended with a 6-4 in the second set.

Taylor Fritz’s opponent in the semifinals will be another American: Tommy Paul. The Australian Open semifinalist also delivered a convincing performance against Mackenzie McDonald, whom he defeated with a double 6-2.


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