Taylor Fritz says it is "huge" for him to be in a position to play against Novak Djokovic in the semifinal at the ATP Finals. On Thursday night in Turin, Fritz defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (4) 6-7 (5) 6-2 in his Round Robin finale.
Both Fritz and Auger-Aliassime entered the match knowing the winner would progress into the semifinal. Fritz, who is making his ATP Finals debut after clinching one of the final spots for Turin, defeated Auger-Aliassime and now he has set up a meeting with Djokovic.
“It is huge. From possibly not even qualifying to now be in the semis feels great. I felt like I was going to play well here. I feel that I always play my best tennis against the best players," Fritz said, per the ATP Finals website.
Fritz on beating Auger-Aliassime
In the first set, not a single break point was seen but Fritz delivered in the tie-break to win a tight opener. The first break points were seen in the second game of the second set, when Auger-Aliassime missed out on three break points.
As the second set also went without a break, another tie-break was seen. This time, it was Auger-Aliassime who came out on top as the Canadian managed to force a decider. After not having a single break point in the first two sets, Fritz claimed back-to-back breaks in the sixth and eighth games of the third set to complete a three-set win.
“I needed to serve well the whole time, I knew that. It was frustrating throughout the match when so many points I was one away from break point. So many times at 15/30, 0/30 when I was returning, I got myself in the points and kept losing the points.
I just tried to stay patient and not get frustrated and then I capitalised when I got the chances," Fritz explained. It remains to be seen if Fritz can now upset Djokovic and come a win away from winning his first ATP Finals title.