World No. 13 Taylor Fritz insists he is trying not to think too much about his Indian Wells victory as he has underlined that he is completely locked in on making it all the way in Miami. Fritz, who lifted his first Masters title after upsetting Rafael Nadal in the Indian Wells final, is now enjoying a good campaign in Miami as he has been through to the round-of-16.
On Monday, Fritz defeated fellow American and good friend Tommy Paul 7-6 (2) 6-4. Fritz was hampered by an ankle injury in Indian Wells but still made the decision to play the final and ended stunning Nadal. After beating Paul, Fritz admitted his ankle felt better during his Miami second round win over Mikhail Kukushkin.
“I try to think that I'm playing well, that my confidence is high, so I want to keep this positive momentum going instead of thinking that I'm satisfied, that I did well last week. I keep telling myself that I shouldn't be happy with what I did in Indian Wells.
I want to do well here in Miami. As for the ankle, I felt it a little worse than in my last match, but certainly much better than in Indian Wells," Fritz said after the match, per We Love Tennis.
Fritz set to take on Miomir Kecmanovic
Fritz made a slow start to the match as Paul took an early 2-0 lead in the first set.
However, Fritz quickly recovered as he broke back Paul in the fourth game to level the set at two games apiece. As no more breaks were seen in the first set, the set went into a tie-break, which Fritz dominated to win a tight first set.
After winning the first set, Fritz broke Paul in the third game of the second set and held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a straight-set win. Fritz plays next Kecmanovic - an opponent he defeated en route to winning Indian Wells.