Taylor Fritz will be up against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semifinals of the 2021 BNP Paribas Open. Fritz is ranked 39th in the world while Basilashvili is the World No.36.
Taylor Fritz vs Nikoloz Basilashvili: Match Details
- Tournament: Indian Wells Masters 2021
- Match: Taylor Fritz vs Nikoloz Basilashvili
- Round: Semi-Finals
- Date: 16th October 2021
- Prize Money: $335,000
- Surface: Outdoor hard court
Taylor Fritz vs Nikoloz Basilashvili: Preview
It’s been a dream turn of events for Taylor Fritz. He underwent a knee surgery just 4 months back and now at Indian Wells, he’s reached his maiden masters semifinal. He made it to the third round of Wimbledon where he lost to 4th seed Alexander Zverev. He then came back at the Los Cabos Open where he reached the semifinal. He followed it up with another semifinal outing at the Atlanta Open before bowing out of the first round at Washington, Toronto and Cincinnati.
At Indian Wells this week, Fritz has just lost one set and has beaten the likes of Brandon Nakashima and Matteo Berrettini in the opening rounds. He then beat Jannik Sinner in the Round of 16 before getting the better of 3rd seed Alexander Zverev in the semifinals in three sets 4-6,6-3,7-6(3).
Nikoloz Basilashvili has had a mixed season so far. After winning the Qatar Open and Bavarian International, he had a poor clay court season before reaching the semifinals of the Halle Open. He then had a few early round exits and bowed out of the third round at Flushing Meadows.
Basilashvili got the better of Christopher Eubanks and Albert Ramos Vinolas in the early rounds at Indian Wells and then beat 24th seed Karen Khachanov in the Round of 16. In the quarterfinals, the Georgian stunned second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets 6-4,2-6,6-4.
Taylor Fritz vs Nikoloz Basilashvili: Head-to-Head
This will be the 4th meeting between the duo. Fritz leads the H2H 4-0. They last met at Dubai earlier this year where Fritz won in three sets.
Taylor Fritz vs Nikoloz Basilashvili: Prediction
Both Fritz and Basilashvili have punched above their weight to reach the last 4 and will fancy their chances for a maiden masters final. Fritz has shown immense mental strength in his win against Zverev and has dominated the rallies from his forehand. As for Basilashvili, he too has a similar game style like Fritz and will back on his serve to deliver once again. Expect a thrilling match with the American reaching the final on his home soil.
Prediction: Fritz to win in three sets.
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