American tennis star Taylor Fritz, 24, couldn't hide his happiness after reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals, acknowledging that a first Grand Slam quarterfinal is a "big thing." On Monday, Fritz put on a strong performance against Jason Kubler as he edged out the Australian qualifier 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Earlier this year, Fritz reached his first Grand Slam round of 16 at the Australian Open. Now, he has reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. "It's a big deal," Fritz said, according to the ATP website. "Being part of the final eight, and I'm glad I was able to get the win on July 4, being an American.
It's great, to be in my first quarter-final, it just shows that all the hard work I'm putting in is paying off." In March, Fritz lifted his first Masters title after beating Rafael Nadal in the Indian Wells final.
Fritz, now ranked No. 14 in the world, reached a career-high No. 13 after winning Indian Wells." There's really no secret, it's just a lot of time and hard work that I've put in," he said. Fritz. "I started to find my game at the end of last year, and I have been building and working, doing things well, and it is good to see that it is paying off" For his part, Cristian Garín is also ready to make his debut in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam after creating an impressive comeback to beat Alex d De Minaur 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (6).
John Lloyd mentions Nadal
Former British tennis player John Lloyd has lambasted Nick Kyrgios for his on-court antics in his Wimbledon third-round win over Stefanos Tsitispas. "Tsitsipas was the one who suffered from that and his frustration boiled over when he hit the ball into the crowd.
For Tsitsipas to get a point penalty and Kyrgios just a warning for all he did was a joke, a complete joke," he told the Daily Mail. He added that the Spaniard wouldn't have allowed things to get out of hand like Tsitsipas did.
"He (Kyrgios) should get to the semis now and if he does he would play Rafael Nadal and I’m telling you: Rafa would not have allowed that to happen last night. He would made much more of it to the umpire, got the supervisor. He would not have allowed himself to be dictated to like Tsitsipas was," he said.