Vienna – Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 11:37 pm
Local champion Taylor Fritz caused a upset at the ATP 1000 Championships in Indian Wells on Saturday.
The 24-year-old American defeated seventh-seeded Russian Andrei Rublev in two sets 7:5, 6:4 in the semifinals, bringing him to the ATP 1000 final for the first time in his career.
In the first set, Fritz gave up his 5-2 lead, but then kept his nerve, especially on the crucial points. It was similar in the second round, as the American missed chances to advance 5-1.
Rublev’s 13-win streak is over
“The most important thing is that in the end I kept my cool and continued to play my game,” Fritz breathes deeply during meeting the winner. For Rublev, the loss marks the end of a 13-game winning streak.
Fritz, who was a semi-finalist at City of Millionaires in California last year, advanced 3-2 head-to-head against seventh in the rankings. He already won the last duel at the ATP 1000 tournament in Paris-Bercy against the Russian of the same age.
In his fight for his second ATP title or the greatest success of his career to date, Fritz now faces either superstar Rafael Nadal, who is undefeated this year, or fellow Spaniard and shooting star Carlos Alcaraz. Then the Spaniards met.
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