Rising American star Taylor Fritz refused to quit after falling down by two sets to Kevin Anderson and it paid off as he pulled off a big comeback win to make the Australian Open third round. Fritz, ranked at No. 34 in the world, edged out two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson 4-6 6-7 (5) 7-6 (4) 6-2 6-2 to set up a third round meeting against Dominic Thiem.
Fritz failed to convert any of his two set points on Anderson's serve in the 10th game, before losing the second set in a tie-break. "I felt it was really unlucky to not win the second. I had lots of chances to break," Fritz said, per the ATP Tour.
“I just told myself after I won the third, 'I'm only going to be playing better." Two days earlier, Anderson came from two sets to one down to beat Ilya Ivashka. Fritz knew there was his chance and he ended up winning the decider comfortably.
"That was huge for me. He played a really tough five setter just the other day and then obviously coming back... going back-to-back five setters is going to be tougher for him than usual," Fritz said. "I felt fresh, so I just told myself, 'I have to keep running'"