Coach Michael Russell weighs in on Taylor Fritz’s rise, Grand Slam chances

Coach Michael Russell acknowledged that Taylor Fritz winning the Indian Wells Masters was a big confidence boost for the American as he feels the 25-year-old has positioned himself well to attack Grand Slam titles in 2023.

In March, Fritz captured his first Masters 1000 title after upsetting Rafael Nadal in the Indian Wells final.

Fritz, who won his first ATP title in 2019, is now a four-time ATP champion after winning three titles in 2022. 

Also, Fritz recently broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career as he achieved a career-high ranking of No 8 in the world.

“It’s been a rollercoaster, he’s had a great season. Indian Wells was the catalyst for the whole year. Winning basically the ‘fifth Grand Slam’ in your backyard just solidified his confidence and his self-belief that he is one of the best players in the world and not just talking about it or dreaming about it, actually backing it up,” Russell told Eurosport.

Russell: Fritz can contend for Grand Slam titles 

“There’s definitely opportunity. A lot of the guys see that, and they sense that the timing is now where they can start really having a chance to win Slam titles. So for sure, Taylor’s right in there in the mix, and he sees that and he’s got to have that confidence that he can win a Slam and then he has to put the work in to do it,” Russell explained. 

This year, Fritz made his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon. 

In the Wimbledon quarterfinal, Fritz missed out on a good chance to beat Rafael Nadal as he was up by two sets to one before the Spaniard stormed back to win in five sets.

One of the reasons why Fritz was disappointed after the loss was because Nadal was hampered by an abdominal injury but he didn’t use the advantage of it.

Nadal later pulled out of his Wimbledon semifinal as Nick Kyrgios received a free pass into the Wimbledon final. 

It remains to be seen if Fritz can make a splash at the Australian Open in January.