World No. 37 Taylor Fritz suggested he didn't play his best tennis against Steve Johnson but he was happy that he managed to escape with a straight-set win. Fritz, seeded at No. 3, overcame Johnson 6-4 6-4 to reach his third ATP semifinal of the season in Los Cabos.
Fritz failed to convert a break point in the third game but broke Johnson in the sevhent game to takr a 4-3 lead. The American then served out for the opener in the following game. Fritz failed to convert any of his two break points in the opening game of the second set but saved four break points in the second game.
But Fritz broke Johnson in the ninth game and served out for the match in the following game. “I felt really good on court,” said Fritz, per the ATP website. “I felt the sun was a little bit tricky. There is room for me to play better, but some of the key parts of my game were feeling good”.
Fritz preparing for a tough Cameron Norrie clash
Fritz will be fighting top-seeded Norrie for a place in the Los Cabos final. Fritz, a former world No. 24, insists he will have to play at a high level if he wants to beat Norrie.
“I will have to play really good tennis,” said Fritz. “Cam always shows up and competes very hard. We are 3-3 in our [ATP] Head2Head and it has always been a battle. I know the level I have to play at to win”.
Norrie, who is the top-seeded player at an ATP event for the first time in his career, demolished American Ernesto Escobedo 6-1 6-1 to reach the Los Cabos semifinal. Norrie made an outstanding start to the match, having broken Escobedo three times in the first set to easily win the opener.
After winning the first set, Norrie started the second set with a 5-0 lead. Norrie failed to convert any of his three match points in the sixth game but served out for the match in the following game.