American tennis star Taylor Fritz failed in his attempt to win the Sunshine Double but kept it honest after the Miami exit and admitted Miomir Kecmanovic was simply the better player. On Tuesday, Fritz exited the Miami Masters after Kecmanovic handed the American a 3-6 6-1 6-4 loss.
A week earlier, Fritz won his first Masters title after beating Rafael Nadal in the Indian Wells final. Despite being hampered by an ankle issue, Fritz gave a shot to Miami. In Miami, Fritz defeated Mikhail Kukushkin and Tommy Paul before losing to Kecmanovic.
"(No Sunshine Double but) still tho, leaving @MiamiOpen really proud of how I competed till the end and happy with the level of tennis played.... Sometimes u just gotta say too good to ur opponent," Fritz tweeted.
☀️x2 ❌❌❌ Still tho, leaving @MiamiOpen really proud of how I competed till the end and happy with the level of tennis played.... Sometimes u just gotta say too good to ur opponent 🤷🏻♂️ — Taylor Fritz (@Taylor_Fritz97) March 30, 2022
Fritz's streak of nine wins ends
The first break points were seen in the eighth game, when Fritz realized his second break point to take a 5-3 lead.
After claiming the first break of the match, Fritz had no problems serving out for the first set in the ninth game. Fritz had a chance to make a strong start to the second set but missed out on two break points in the opening game of the match.
Fritz paid the price for missing out on his two break point chances as Kecmanovic broke the American in the second and fourth games to take a 4-0 lead. Fritz had a chance to get one break back but Kecmanovic saved a break point in the fifth game to open a 5-0 lead in the second set.
Fritz served out the sixth game to end Kecmanovic's run of five games but the Serb routinely served out for the set in the seventh game. Kecmanovic then put pressure on Fritz early on in the third set but the American saved three break points in the first game to avoid going down by a break.
However, it didn't take long for Kecmanovic to claim the first break of the set as he broke Fritz in the third game and held on to his serve the rest of the way to complete a comeback win.