Taylor Fritz turns into conqueror of the Italians this year at Indian Wells.
A day after upsetting Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini, the American defeated 10th seed Jannik Sinner 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open. The American is among the last eight of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time.
Fritz saved two break points when he served the match, including one in a lung rally, which he punctuated with a fist pump after Sinner missed a well-released forehand. Then, on his first match point, the world number 39 crushed a backhand winner on the line and let out a cathartic roar as he threw his arms up in the air.
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Not only is this the 23-year-old’s best result of the season, but he has stepped up decisively in the draw. Fritz did not lose a set and none of the six sets he played went further than 6-4.
The Eastbourne 2019 titlist will then face third seed Alexander Zverev or 14th seed Gael Monfils. He will try to reach his fifth semi-final of the season at the circuit level.
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Both Fritz and Sinner are blockbuster basics who enjoy controlling the action. And it’s the home favorite who was able to stay on the baseline and stay calm under the pressure, saving five of the eight break points he faced.
The California native blocked Sinner from making his second Masters 1000 quarter-final of the season. The Italian, who won just 48% of his service points against Fritz, defeated John Millman in the second round and in the third round received a forfeit from John Isner, who rushed home to attend the birth of her third child.