Taylor Fritz reacts to saving two match points to stun Alexander Zverev

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Taylor Fritz reacts to saving two match points to stun Alexander Zverev

American tennis player Taylor Fritz was glad that he managed to fend off the enormous pressure and stun No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev in the Indian Wells Masters quarterfinal. Fritz, seeded at No. 31, edged out Zverev 4-6 6-3 7-6 (3) to reach the Indian Wells semifinal.

“I was really down and out but I found a way to put myself into it,” Fritz said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “I really wanted to make him have to close me out and I was able to get back into the match.

Normally you would be so nervous in those situations and in the third set tie-break, but I felt so confident being aggressive, going after my game. It feels really great to play well with the pressure on”.

Fritz saved a match point to beat Zverev

Zverev blew an early first-set break but broke Fritz again in the seventh game and served out for the opener in the 10th game.

Fritz responded well to losing the first set as he broke Zverev in the fourth game of the second and served out for a decider in the ninth game. Zverev, who started the third set with a 3-0 lead, had a match point in the eighth game and a match point on his serve in the ninth game but failed to convert.

Fritz managed to force a tie-break, in which he realized his third match point to complete a comeback win. “The biggest thing was match point down, I wanted to make him serve it out, so I just fought as hard as I could to hold that game,” Fritz said.

“Then I got fortunate in his service game and from there I felt in control and felt really good under the pressure. “It is amazing. Especially the way that match ended with such high emotions with the crowd. The crowd was amazing and it is a dream come true”. Fritz plays next against Nikoloz Basilashvili.