Five things to know about Taylor Fritz, Christmas’s rival in the quarterfinals

The current best American player plays his first Grand Slam quarter-final on Wednesday against Nadal, who beat him at Indian Wells in March.

At Wimbledon,

A glass ceiling of Grand Slam finally (broken)

The 24-year-old American lost to world number 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas (4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4) in the round of 16 of the Australian Open gener. Previously, he had stumbled seven times in the third round of a Major … With his new status of 13e world player, finally reached the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam. Waiting for the best? Silently Taylor Fritz moves forward with confidence. The American walked in the year 8e final against surprise Jason Kubler, 99th in the world, swept (6-3, 6-1, 6-4). Titled at Eastbourne (as in 2019), just before Wimbledon, Fritz, who holds on to nine straight wins, confirms his very good form at the moment on a surface he especially values. He has not conceded a set since the beginning of the fortnight. Rafael Nadal is cautioned. And the 11th seed, made a show in round 2 against Britain’s Alastair Gray as he threw himself onto the pitch to get an incredible right-handed volleyball winner.

He won his first Masters 1000 in March against … Christmas

Winning the prestigious Indian Wells tournament in the Coachella Valley, Taylor Fritz became the first American to lift the trophy in the California desert last March, from Andre Agassi in 2001. In the semifinals, broke the series of thirteen consecutive successes of Andrey Rublev (7-5, 6-4) and in the final he had inflicted on Rafael Nadal, decreased is true that day, his first defeat of 2022 (6- 3, 7 -6). After this feat, the 24-year-old 1.96-meter tall jumped to the top 10 by becoming the undisputed number one American ahead of Reilly Opelka (24). A performance almost like home for those who grew up in Rancho Santa Fe. A town in San Diego, located in Southern California, two hours by road from Indian Wells.

His only victory against a member of the Big Three

Faced with a physically diminished Christmas, the American, currently 13th in the world, had managed to keep control of his nerves and emotions to allow himself a first. Never before had he won one of the three living legends of the circuit (Djokovic, Nadal, Federer). Fritz had faced Novak Djokovic five times, Roger Federer twice and Rafael Nadal once. Balance sheet? Eight games, eight defeats. “I lost so many of those games against the great players … I felt they were unbeatable, it was too high for me. “. He erases a bitter memory. At the 2021 Australian Open, he lost in five sets to Djokovic at 3e turn on the Rod Laver Arena. A meeting where the Serb had still played with an abdominal tear …

He is a son of the ball

Like most champions his age, the American fell into the tennis court when he was little. Guy, his father, is a former professional and was his first coach, then in 2016 he was named head of Olympic development in the United States. Her mother, Kathy May, is a former Top 10 member, won seven WTA titles and reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals, including two at Roland Garros in 1977 and 1978.

In a relationship with a TikTok star

In 2016, at the age of 18, Talor Fritz married Raquel Pedraza with whom she had a son (Jordan) and with whom she divorced in December 2091 after three years of married life. The American is now making perfect love with Morgan Riddle, a very popular Instagram and Tiktok model, of Polish origin and 24 years old. She is “famous” for making 3.7 million views with this TikTok video where she explains what life is like on the circuit.

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