World No. 30 Taylor Fritz credited confidence as fearlesness as the reasons behind his great Indian Wells campaign. Fritz, 23, beat three top-15 players en route to making his maiden Masters semifinal in Indian Wells. Fritz surprised Matteo Berrettini, Jannik Sinner and Alexander Zverev before losing to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semifinal.
"Just that confidence to go after the ball and trust myself, not play tight, tentative tennis. Just really go after it and win the match. It feels good," Fritz said, per TENNIS magazine. "I know when I'm feeling like this and playing like this, that's what makes me a good player, that's what gave me a lot of success early on in my career, was just that fearlessness to trust myself in the big moments.
It's just really nice to have that feeling back."
Fritz knows exactly what he wants to improve
"I'd like to still improve my serve, then have my forehand be even more reliable than it is now—more of a weapon, less errors on it,” Fritz said.
"I've been working a lot on coming forward to net. I'd love to be able to finish more points at net, feel more comfortable with it, because I hurt people with my power, kind of back them up. Coming to net can add another layer to my game.
"Just improving the return, becoming stronger and faster, which I've been able to do over the past couple years. There's still a lot of room for improvement." Fritz drew lots of attention to himself when he made the Memphis final in 2016.
Fritz, now 23, has won only one title so far in his career but he believes the best is yet to come from him. "Everyone kind of peaks at different times, but I'm 23 right now. I just know that I'm nowhere near where I think I'm going to be as a player," Fritz insisted.