Injury forces Taylor Fritz to withdraw late from Madrid

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Injury forces Taylor Fritz to withdraw late from Madrid

Top-ranked American tennis player Taylor Fritz won't be making his third Madrid appearance after withdrawing late from the tournament because of a left foot injury. Fritz, ranked at No. 13 in the world, arrived to Madrid this week and he was drawn to face Jenson Brooksby in the first round.

On Saturday afternoon, Fritz withdrew from the tournament. Fritz failed to make it past the Madrid qualifying in 2016 and 2018 but made his Madrid main draw debut in 2019. Fritz reached the Madrid second round in 2019, before he suffered a first round exit at the tournament last year.

Fritz has played two tournaments so far this clay season. Fritz reached the Houston quarterfinal in his first clay tournament of the year, before also making the quarterfinal in Monte Carlo.

Fritz lost to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his last match

After winning Indian Wells, Fritz was hoping to make a strong run at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Fritz was progressing well in Monte Carlo but then he stumbled upon Davidovich Fokina. Fritz made a good start to his Monte Carlo quarterfinal but Davidovich Fokina recovered to win 2-6 6-4 6-3. Fritz saved two break points in the first game and two break points in the third game, before earning the first break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead.

Fritz saved a break point in the fifth game and one more break point in the seventh game, before he broke Davidovich Fokina in the eighth game to seal the first set. After losing the first set, Davidovich Fokina earned his first break of the match in the ninth game of the second set.

Davidovich Fokina saved three break points int he next game, before realizing his second set point to force a decider. In the third set, Davidovich Fokina lost his serve once but broke Fritz three times to complete a comeback win. It remains to be seen if Fritz will be ready to return to action at the Rome Masters.