In a press conference at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid, American player Taylor Fritz was asked how playing the Laver Cup in Geneva, Switzerland, against the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal of Team Europe helped him.
Fritz said: "I think it's definitely given some confidence and experience in these type of situations. You know, I wasn't maybe as nervous as I might have been, you know, going out there today because I kind of have been in the situation before and I trust myself in these big moments and in these team competitions.
I think it can really bring out the best in my game, you know. Today, unfortunately, it didn't. I really wish I could have played a bit better, especially at times. But I think this kind of format brings out my best tennis and focuses on a lot of stuff I'm good at, like being good under pressure and competing and it fires me up to play for the time like I said.
So I think just playing Laver Cup prior to this gave me a lot of confidence that this type of format is good for me." On the crowd support in the Spanish city, Fritz added: "When it comes down to the fans, I think there's just more dedicated tennis fans in Canada, not going to lie.
I think the US has so many other great sports; tennis isn't really the focus. And the Canadian fans were strong and they flew out and they came out. I don't think it has anything to do with the Federations or anything, you know.
That being said, the fans that were there today, the US fans, I heard them and they did a good job of kind of fighting against the numbers if you will. And yeah. The Davis Cup being such a historic event, I really, you know, really want to -- it means a lot to be here.
And then obviously focusing on this and hopefully, you know, we can bring it tomorrow and get through the group stage."