Taylor Fritz's coach reveals impact of Wimbledon performance against Rafael Nadal

Fritz fell just short to Nadal in a 2022 Wimbledon quarterfinal thriller.

by Dzevad Mesic
Taylor Fritz's coach reveals impact of Wimbledon performance against Rafael Nadal

Coach Michael Russell says Taylor Fritz's performance against Rafael Nadal gives the American "a lot of confidence" that he can play extremely well on grass this year. Fritz, 25, made his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon last year before Nadal edged him out 3-6 7-5 3-6 7-5 7-6 (4).

Even though Nadal was dealing with an abdominal injury and later pulled out of his semifinal match, Fritz wasn't able to seal a win against the Spaniard. But coach Russell believes Fritz can only continue to improve and that the American tennis star will respond better when he finds himself in a similar situation next time.

“It was his best Grand Slam result and being close to beating Rafa gives him a lot of confidence, but at the same time knowing that he needs to continue to play aggressive in pressure moments and continue to work on shots that will allow him to defeat guys like Rafa in those stages of the tournament," Russell told Eurosport.

Coach Russell says the Nadal match gave Fritz 'a lot of confidence'

Fritz, who has five ATP titles in his collection, won his first ATP title on the grass courts of Eastbourne in 2019. Last year, Fritz won his second Eastbourne title.

Coach Russell believes grass perfectly suits Fritz's game as he hopes the American can have his career-best grass season this year. “He won his first ATP title at Eastbourne a couple of years ago on grass and I think that just kind of helped catapult his confidence on the surface.

I think Taylor's game is a little more dangerous on the grass just because of the way that he can take the racquet out of your hand and finish points with his serve, powerful returns and first-ball strikes that gives him a little more confidence and comfort on the grass.

Each year he's been doing a little better on the grass. So hopefully, this year, he'll have his best year," Russell said. Fritz is kicking off his grass season this week in Stuttgart.

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