M 1000 MIAMI OPEN by Emiliano Naftali
Taylor Fritz reached the quarter-finals at Miami Open presented by Itau for the first time on Tuesday, overcoming Holger Rune 6-3, 6-4. Then, Fritz played semifinals in Acapulco and later, his Indian Wells title defence ended in the quarterfinals.The young Dane came to Miami after a disappointing third-round loss at Indian Wells.
Fritz won most of the crucial points while Rune made costly mistakes.
«I couldn’t play aggressively in my first two matches because my opponents were hitting every ball as hard as they could. [Rune] still crushes the ball but it was nice to feel I had some more time,» Fritz said. «The first two rounds, it was impossible to play my game, I just had to make balls. Today when I got the chance to be aggressive I was and I just wanted to serve well and try not to give him many free points.»
«I think my average level of tennis is a lot higher,» Fritz said. «I don’t need to always show up and play my best and if I don’t play my best, that level is higher than it used to be. I feel I can come through and win a lot of matches.»
The World No. 10 holds a 20-5 record on the season, highlighted by his title run in Delray Beach. He will aim to reach his third ATP Masters 1000 semi-final when he plays top seed Carlos Alcaraz.