Taylor Fritz talks his US Open chances amid uncertain Novak Djokovic participation

World No. 13 Taylor Fritz reveals his primary focus is on breaking into the top-10, but admits he feels he will have his chances at the US Open if he arrives to New York in a fine form. 

Fritz, who is currently the highest-ranked American male tennis player, reached his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at this past Wimbledon. 

Novak Djokovic is likely to miss out on the US Open because of his vaccination, while Nadal is often dealing with injuries as an abdominal issue forced him to withdraw from his Wimbledon semifinal. 

Fritz feels he will have his chances at the US Open, especially if Nadal and Djokovic skip the tournament. 

“The things that I’m kind of focused on right now are the top 10. That’s just one good result away. I’m not really thinking too much about the US Open Series. I’m just trying to get some good results in any of these tournaments. You know, if Rafa, Novak are not in, and I’m playing well, then I’m definitely a contender to win the US Open Series. But I’m not really thinking about that as much as the year-end Finals and being top 10,” Fritz said, per Sportskeeda.

Fritz lost to Nadal in a tight battle

Nadal was clearly hampered by an abdominal injury during his Wimbledon quarterfinal versus Fritz, but still managed to win in five sets. 

The day after the match, Nadal pulled out of the rest of the tournament because of an abdominal injury.

Some thought that Nadal should have retired versus Fritz, instead of finishing the match and then retiring the following day. 

When asked about those claims, Fritz said he didn’t deserve to in the semifinal because he simply failed to beat Nadal. 

“If I wanted to be in the semifinal, I should’ve beaten him. It’s as simple as that. If I didn’t beat him, I shouldn’t be moving on. I don’t deserve to be in the next match. It is what it is. He has the right to pull out,” Fritz said.