November 14, 2022
Taylor Fritz has begun his first ATP Finals is stunning style.
He thwarted the great Rafael Nadal in the Spaniard’s early attempts to land the one significant title that has eluded him.
The American is leading his country’s tennis renaissance with some swashbuckling stroke play and at times Nadal simply couldn’t cope.
And what will really encourage Taylor’s fans is the way Fritz held his nerve when it really mattered in the pivotal first set tie-break.
Rafa had no answer after that as the younger man romped away to take the match 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.
‘I felt like everything was going so fast and when that happens you are normally under stress,’ said Nadal as he praised his opponent.
Taylor Fritz taking out the big names at Wimbledon 2023 to delight American fans. Can you imagine?
There’s no reason why that shouldn’t happen as the US superstar continues to strengthen his game in every department.
Here at Wimbledon Debenture Holders we have been singing the praises of Fritz for some time.
He was picked out by the great John McEnroe many years ago as the one to watch across the Atlantic.
That’s a lot of pressure to take on your shoulders when you are trying to make your way up the rankings.
But Taylor Fritz has just turned 25 and should hit his peak at Wimbledon 2023.
The likeable Fritz seems increasingly comfortable in his own tennis skin and knows he has the weaponry to make a big impact now.
‘The way he serves, you are always under pressure,’ Nadal explained.
That was bad news for 36-year-old Nadal, who was runner-up in the World Tour Finals in 2010 and 2013.
He was hoping to go one better this year before it’s too late. But that seems less likely now, even though these are early days in Italy.
Meanwhile in the same group, number three seed Casper Ruud got off to a storming start with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory over Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Only the top two from each group qualify for the semi-finals. Fritz and Ruud have hit the ground running.
Taylor Fritz can go far at Wimbledon 2022 once he finds his early rhythm.
And it’s about time those wonderful American fans had a home-grown hero to cheer on Centre Court again.
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