World No. 23 Taylor Fritz was tired of constantly failing to make a deep run on the big stage and he was thrilled after he managed to do so at the Indian Wells. Fritz stunned Matteo Berrettini, Jannik Sinner and Alexander Zverev en route to making the Indian Wells semifinal.
Fritz was then the favorite to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili but he lost. Even before Indian Wells I was thinking it wasn’t my best year, but I was putting myself in good positions in lots of tournaments. I just kept losing that ‘next match.’ Then at Indian Wells I was able to win that next match, those ‘next two matches,’ that put me deeper into tournaments.
That made me very happy with the year," Fritz told Tennis magazine.
Fritz kept losing in third rounds
During his interview with Tennis magazine, Fritz was asked about his "third round jinx." "Yeah, it had been on my mind a little bit.
But at the same time I knew the reason I was losing those matches was because I was playing a lot of those too passively. I have started doing a better job with that. Once you win a couple of matches playing like that, it’s easier to keep doing the same thing," Fritz explained.
Fritz came up big in the Indian Wells quarterfinal as he recovered from a set down to stun world No. 3 Zverev 4-6 6-3 7-6 (3). "All those wins were equally good, but beating Zverev was a big deal. It was a third-set tiebreaker for me to go to my first Masters semi.
Typically, before that, I would have been very nervous going into that match, but this time I wasn’t. I felt comfortable just going after the ball with aggression. Not only did the win feel amazing, but how I went after it and still won felt really good, too," Fritz reflected.