Paul Annacone: 'Unlike Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, Taylor Fritz is more..'



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Paul Annacone: 'Unlike Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, Taylor Fritz is more..'

Back in the past, Paul Annacone had a chance to work with already formed champions Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, leading them to ten Major titles and other achievements. From 2018, the famous coach has been working with his young compatriot Taylor Fritz, helping him to find his game again and win the first ATP title in Eastbourne last year.

After losing ground a little bit in 2017, Taylor won 23 matches in the next season, improving his game and reaching the semi-final in Houston and Chengdu. Using his booming serve more efficiently, the young American cracked the top-30 in 2019 despite a slow start of the year, finding the form on clay and lifting the first ATP trophy on grass in Eastbourne.

Taylor was also the finalist in Atlanta and Los Cabos, barely winning a match in the closing stages of the season but still finding himself just outside the top-30 at the end of the year. Fritz had some ups and downs at the beginning of 2020 as well before advancing into the ATP 500 final in Acapulco, losing in straight sets but finding himself on the career-high position before the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking about his pupil, Annacone said he is more emotional than Roger Federer and Pete Sampras and they have been working on that, trying to control his passion and make him more focused on the court. "Taylor tends to be a bit more emotional than the other guys I've coached before.

Part of that is because he's 22 and part of that is just his makeup. But I don't want him to suffocate in that emotion. I don't want him to be driven blindly by it, and as long as he doesn't get driven blindly by it and makes the decisions out of pragmatism versus emotion, he'll do great."