Taylor Fritz created history on Saturday by becoming the first American male tennis player since former US Open winner Andy Roddick in 2009-10 to reach back-to-back semi-finals at the Indian Wells Masters. This achievement came after he defeated Miomir Kecmanovic in the 2022 Indian Wells Masters quarterfinals, securing his spot in the tournament’s semi-finals.
He then went on to win the whole tournament in an exceptional and dogged performance, defeating the favorite Rafael Nadal in the final to become the first person since Andre Agassi to win the tournament.
Frances Tiafoe speaks on Taylor Fritz
In a recent interview, American professional Frances Tiafoe spoke about his counterpart Taylor Fritz, who recently won the Indian Wells Masters. The American reflected on how he and Fritz were the first Americans to break into the top 10 before people like Reilly Opelka and Sebastian Korda broke out.
“Yeah, yeah. I think it’s been interesting. Like, I mean, Fritz, we’re kind of the first guys to break top 100. Fritz made final of a 250 when we were super young. I made the quarterfinal of Australia really young. Top 30, 20 years old, 21 years old. Me and Fritz kind of going. Reilly’s kind of figured out, Reilly breaks through, Tommy starts to breakthrough. You have Korda, these guys,” said Tiafoe.
The American then emphasized how everyone is happy with the success of the other American top professionals. He then talked about an opening in the current tennis landscape, since the top players don’t compete in each Masters tournament, which leaves guys like him with the chance to compete for the titles.
“ I think seeing guys that you grew up with doing well, you’re like. Well, fuck, this guy can do it. Shit, I grew up with him. I’ve beaten him how many times. Why not? But it’s all good blow. We genuinely want to see each other do well. It’s good. And then also finally there is a little opening in tennis. The big guys don’t play every Masters. So there is a little space for guys,” added Tiafoe.