Taylor Fritz made his comeback at the Citi Open in 2022 after competing at Wimbledon in 2022, when he fell to Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals after a dramatic and tense five-set contest. Fritz had previously upset Rafael Nadal in their previous meeting, which took place in the finals of the Indian Wells Masters competition, so he went into their Wimbledon quarterfinal matchup in excellent spirits. Despite Fritz’s valiant effort, the Spaniard managed to cross the finish line despite suffering an abdominal injury during the competition.
Fritz, who now holds the 12th-highest ATP rating of his career, has won three ATP Tour titles but has yet to claim a Grand Slam victory. In 2015, he won the junior singles title at the US Open. The only other player to reach an ATP final in fewer career events than him was John Isner, who did so in his third career event. In his 41 games this year, he has 30 victories.
“I’m just trying to get good results” Taylor Fritz gets candid about his goals for the remainder of the season
The American was questioned about his chances in the future matches of the North American tour during a news conference following the match, considering that Novak Djokovic was probably out due to his vaccination status and Nadal was suffering with ailments. In their absence, Fritz said, he could succeed in the US Open series if he performs well. But his ultimate goal is to make it into the top 10 rankings and the year-end finals.
“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.
After beating 83rd-ranked Alexei Popyrin in the first round of the Citi Open, third-seed Taylor Fritz will take on World No. 40 Dan Evans next.