ATP Geneva: Taylor Fritz destroys Ilya Ivashka

Taylor Fritz is through into the last four in Geneva

by Jovica Ilic
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ATP Geneva: Taylor Fritz destroys Ilya Ivashka

Taylor Fritz plays a week before Roland Garros for the first time in four years. Taylor is the second seed in Geneva, and things are going well for him following an impressive 6-1, 6-2 quarter-final triumph over Ilya Ivashka in 51 minutes.

In his finest serving performance on clay, Fritz dropped five points behind the initial shot and never faced a break point. The pressure was on Ivashka, and he could not deal with it. The Belarusian lost 57% of the points in his games and got broken four times from seven chances offered to the American.

Taylor held at 15 in the encounter's first game and earned three break chances with a winner at the net in the next one. Fritz seized the second after Ivashka's forehand error and moved 3-0 ahead with an ace in the next one.

With nothing working his way, Ilya netted a routine shot at the net in the fourth game and faced two break points.

Taylor Fritz lost only three games in the Geneva quarter-final.

He denied the first with a forced error, and Taylor placed a drop shot long on the second for deuce.

Ivashka held with a service winner, taking four straight points for his first game of the match. Taylor grabbed the fifth game at 30 for 4-1 and landed a perfect drop shot winner a few minutes later for two break points. Ivashka hit a double fault to experience a break and fall 5-1 behind.

The American placed a phenomenal winner in the seventh game for two set points and seized the first to secure the opener 6-1 in 26 minutes. With a boost on his side, Taylor blew the rival off the court in set number two, taking every point in his games and sealing the deal with a couple of breaks.

Ilya netted a routine forehand in the first game to drop serve, and Taylor confirmed the advantage with a hold at love a few minutes later. Ivashka placed a forehand long in the third game to experience another break and push Fritz closer to the finish line.

The American clinched the fourth game at love before the Belarusian avoided a bagel with a service winner in the next one. Marching toward the finish line, Taylor fired a powerful serve in the sixth game for 5-1, forcing the opponent to serve to stay in the match.

Ilya prolonged the battle with a hold at 30 before Taylor sealed the deal with a hold at love at 5-2 for a place in the last four.

Taylor Fritz Ilya Ivashka
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