American tennis star Taylor Fritz is motivated to make a great result at the Indian Wells Masters as he is hoping to finish his season on a high note.
Fritz, ranked at No. 39 in the world, stunned world No. 7 Matteo Berrettini 6-4 6-3 to progress into the Indian Wells round-of-16.
Fritz made back-to-back ATP semifinals this summer in Los Cabos and Atlanta but since then he has struggled with his game.
However, Fritz has been performing much better in Indian Wells as he has claimed his first back-to-back wins since August.
“We’re coming to the end of the year, I could really use a big result,” said Fritz in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “This is just what I needed, playing one of my favourite tournaments close to home.”
Fritz executed his game plan perfectly
Berrettini recovered from two breaks down in the first set but Fritz claimed his third break of the set in the 10th game to win the opener.
In the second set, Fritz broke Berrettini in the fourth game and held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a straight-set win.
“I had a really clear strategy on top of just doing what I do,” said Fritz. “Big first serves, attacking the first ball, trying to be aggressive and play to my strengths to try and make him uncomfortable as much as I could.”
Fritz’s coach David Nainkin certainly wasn’t surprised by Fritz’s win.
“He prepares as well as he can for every week. Indian Wells is a massive opportunity for him. He believes he can beat anybody in the draw and I’m not just saying that. He truly does believe that. He certainly has the game style to do that and we know how in tennis, things change very quickly. Maybe he felt the pressure the past couple years, but he is in a good space and he wants to win and is prepared,” Nainkin told the ATP website before the match.