World No. 26 Taylor Fritz was thrilled with his performance against Cameron Norrie at the Paris Masters on Thursday. Fritz, a former world No. 24, beat No. 10 seed Norrie 6-3 7-6 (3) to reach the Paris quarterfinal. “I played incredibly well,” Fritz said, per the ATP website.
“A lot of pressure situations I got through and played really well. He is in so many games and he really makes you come up with a lot. Fortunately for me I came up with the shots I needed to, to stay in the match”.
After a big win over Indian Wells Masters champion Norrie, Fritz insisted he has been lately playing without any fear. “I am not playing important situations scared or tight,” Fritz addeded. “I am trusting my forehand as a weapon and just attacking with it.
My forehand has become such a weapon I can rely on”.
Fritz routed Norrie
Norrie had a good chance to start the match with a break but Fritz saved a break point in the first set. After saving a break point early on, Fritz earned the first break of the match in the sixth game and served out for the opener three games later.
Norrie had a good chance to force a decider but he failed to convert any of his two consecutive set points on Fritz's serve in the 10th game. After saving two set points in the 10th game, Fritz dominated the tie-break to book a straight-set win.
"It feels incredible coming to the important key points of matches, no second-guessing or worrying about things—just show up and play my best, hit my best shots at these kind of moments. That’s what I did when I was 17-18 years old, kind of coming up on the tour.
That’s what made me a very good player when I was younger. That cold-blooded feeling is finally back," Fritz said recently.