Taylor Fritz comments on his Paris first-round win, ATP Finals hopes

Taylor Fritz is happy with the start he has made at the Paris Masters as he admits he would like to steal the final ATP Finals spot from Felix Auger-Aliassime. 

On Monday, Fritz saw off Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-5 6-2 to progress into the Paris second round. 

Davidovich Fokina led 4-2 through the first six games of the match, but then Fritz responded with breaks in the eighth and 12th games to overturn the deficit and win the opener.

After winning the first set, Fritz broke Davidovich Fokina three times in the second set to complete a two-set win.

“[I’m] really happy, he’s a tough person to play against. He’s got weapons on both sides. He’s extremely quick as well, so there’s nowhere you can really play with a lot of safety. He makes a lot of crazy shots and he’s beaten me the past two times, so definitely good to just get out there, play a solid match, and get through it,” Fritz reflected, per the ATP website.

Fritz on his Turin hopes

So far, six players have qualified for the ATP Finals.

As it stands now, the final two spots will likely go to Auger-Aliassime and Andrey Rublev.

This week, Fritz needs to at least make the final in order to give himself a chance to make Turin.

“Right now I’m just focused on kind of playing myself into the tournament. I feel like any time this year that I’ve won a couple of matches into a tournament, then I’ve done well. So I’ll just try to focus on these early rounds. Turin is still in the picture, obviously, but there’s not much else I really could have done. I won Tokyo. Felix has played really, really well, so he deserves it, but I am going to try to steal his spot this week for sure,” Fritz said.