Fritz Fends Off Match Points In Memphis

[ Source: ATP World Tour ] - February 16, 2017

 Taylor Fritz saves three match points on his way past Yen-Hsun Lu at the Memphis Open. Conjuring memories of a maiden run to an ATP World Tour final 12 months ago, Taylor Fritz is again tasting success at the Memphis Open. The #NextGenATP player saved three match points in his opening round to take down No. 8 seed Yen-Hsun Lu 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(7) in a thrilling two-hour, 10-minute affair on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old did not break serve throughout and was forced to fend off three match points in the deciding-set tie-break before he clinched the match on his first. Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden is next.

“It was tough. I was just thinking, don’t think about it,” Fritz said. “These are the moments I play for, these pressure moments. They’re my favourite things about the sport.

“One of them [a match point], he was just pounding the forehands and I was just like thinking during the point one of these he’s just going to finish me. Sometimes you just find a way and you can’t explain it.”

Last year, Fritz entered the event as a wild card and went all the way to the final before a defeat to Kei Nishikori. It was just his third tour-level event.

“I really didn’t want to lose in the first round,” he said. “I’m all about progress coming back to a tournament I played the year before and wanting to do just as well or better.”

Fellow American #NextGenATP player Frances Tiafoe was not so fortunate. Tim Smyczek defeated the 19-year-old 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in Tuesday night’s last match.

Qualifier Smyczek looked to be cruising with a set and a 5-2 lead in the second set only to lose five straight games to level the match. Tiafoe, currently at a career-best No. 91 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, continued the momentum swing in his favour when he broke for 2-1 in the deciding set, before his countryman steadied to book a second-round meeting with No. 4 seed Steve Johnson.


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2015 ATP Season Best Records
Player Win Loss PCT Title
Novak Djokovic 63 5 0.926 7
Andy Murray 59 10 0.855 4
Roger Federer 50 8 0.862 4
Kei Nishikori 46 10 0.821 3
Rafael Nadal 44 14 0.759 3
Tomas Berdych 43 15 0.741 0
Stanislas Wawrinka 40 13 0.755 3
Kevin Anderson 38 19 0.667 1
John Isner 36 19 0.655 1
David Ferrer 35 11 0.761 3
2015 WTA Season Best Records
Player Win Loss PCT Title
Serena Williams 49 3 0.942 5
Simona Halep 43 10 0.811 4
Karolina Pliskova 42 19 0.689 1
Angelique Kerber 41 16 0.719 4
Sara Errani 38 21 0.644 1
Maria Sharapova 33 7 0.825 2
Petra Kvitova 33 11 0.750 3
Caroline Wozniacki 33 17 0.660 1
Elina Svitolina 33 18 0.647 1
Carla Suarez Navarro 33 18 0.647 0