American tennis star Taylor Fritz admitted he felt a relief after finally making his first round-of-16 of a Grand Slam. On Saturday, Fritz beat Roberto Bautista Agut in the Australian Open third round to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time at the age of 24.
“I’m a very confident person, and I put a ton of pressure on myself to be better,” Fritz told The New York Times. “So it’s been tough for me to not have this fourth-round experience yet with so many opportunities and, I feel like, being the caliber of player who deserved to make at least one.
But at the same time, I’ve got to look back and look at all of the matches — a lot of really tough draws”.
Fritz aims a top-10 ranking
Fritz, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 22 in the world, will be disappointed if he fails to finish the year ranked inside the top-10.
“I want to be top 10 this year,” Fritz said. “That’s my goal, and I’ll be really disappointed if it’s anything less than that. I feel like, since Indian Wells, I’ve been playing at that level, and it’s a question of staying healthy and keeping this level up.
And if I keep doing it, I think that’s where I’m going to be. I put a lot of pressure on myself, and I’m really confident, but you have to be if you’re going to make it”. Also, Fritz spoke about the importance of being confident and believing in yourself.
“How can you ever be good or be the best if you don’t truly — like, truly — believe that you can be?” Fritz said. “I’m a great example of someone who wasn’t good at all when I was 15 years old.
But I had this crazy false sense of confidence. Just because you believed, you put in the hard work and you make it happen”.