World No. 26 Taylor Fritz is confident he could beat Novak Djokovic at the Paris Masters today. Fritz, a former world No. 24, is set to take world No. 1 Djokovic in the Paris quarterfinal. Fritz has never beaten Djokovic but he pushed the Serb into a five-setter at this year's Australian Open.
"I am playing the best tennis of my entire career. Something has changed in me, I feel that I can hit each ball without any fear, I am more aggressive and I do not see that I take excessive risk when I am. I have great confidence in my possibilities and I believe that I can put Djokovic in difficulties," Fritz said ahead of the Djokovic clash, per Punto de Break.
Fritz having a strong week
On Thursday, Fritz saw off Indian Wells Masters champion Cameron Norrie to reach the Paris quarterfinal. After the match, Norrie admitted Fritz was the better player. "Taylor was too good today.
He's moving a lot better. He was consistant. He served well. Credit to him," Norrie said after the loss. Fritz claimed a 6-3 7-6 ((3) win over Norrie and he was thrilled with his performance. “I played incredibly well,” Fritz said.
“A lot of pressure situations I got through and played really well. He is in so many games and he really makes you come up with a lot. Fortunately for me I came up with the shots I needed to, to stay in the match”.
Fritz insists he is confident and that's one of the reasons behind his recent success. “I am not playing important situations scared or tight,” Fritz added. “I am trusting my forehand as a weapon and just attacking with it.
My forehand has become such a weapon I can rely on”. It remains to be seen if Fritz can clinch his first win over Djokovic in his fifth attempt.