Rising American star Taylor Fritz said he was playing a great tennis against Russia's Karen Khachanov at the ATP Cup for a set and a half but then his level dropped and he paid the price for that. It didn't look good for world No.
17 Khachanov after the first set and a half, but the Russian managed to find a way back from a set and a break down and claim a comeback win over 32nd-ranked Taylor Fritz 3-6 7-5 6-1. Though it was disappointing to miss out on a great chance to beat a high-ranked player, Fritz remained positive as he wants to keep the aggressive mindset going forward.
"I started out like the first set-and-a-half playing just really, really well,” Fritz said, per the ATP Cup. “I was stepping into everything. I felt like I couldn't miss a backhand, was hitting it really hard and crosscourt, and then, just like anytime I kind of got a look at a forehand, I was just crushing it.
It felt great. It's definitely the kind of tennis that I like to envision myself playing and I want myself to play." Fritz dropped his serve for the first time in the match in the sixth game of the second set, just a game after claiming the first break of the second set.
“But as the match went on I felt like he made some adjustments in the point structuring, started moving his backhand down the line a bit more. As the balls were getting worn out, I felt it was a lot tougher for me to penetrate through.
I felt like I wasn't getting as many free points off my serve. He started serving a bit better. He just made some adjustments and I didn't quite keep my level," Fritz said.