Fritz, the Indian Wells semifinalist who idolizes Del Potro


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Fritz, the Indian Wells semifinalist who idolizes Del Potro

The new generations generally when answering about who their idol is, they choose three names: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic. But in the case of Taylor fritz, recent Indian Wells Masters 1000 semi-finalist, It is not like this. The 26-year-old American He had (and has) the Argentine Juan Martín Del Potro as a mirror.

“Del Potro always had a very powerful game, I always wanted to be a professional player and be the best, so when I looked at the best, Roger and Rafa, who are not that tall, I wanted to look at someone who was as tall as me and I would beat them, so I chose it and I admire it. I never faced him, we played doubles and it was amazing. “ told the native of Rancho Santa Fe, California, to the middle Tennis World USA in 2019.

During 2016 and at only 17 years old, Fritz played a doubles match with the Tandilense in Stuttgart. In that only crossing they had on the circuit, the pair of the Argentine and the American could not overcome the Florian Mayer-Phillip Oswald duo.

For the 23-year-old American, this present that he is living is a true act of resilience, the same ones that Juan Martín got us used to with his laps around the circuit over and over again after overcoming his injuries.. It is that Fritz, during 2021, underwent an operation on his right knee after having torn his menisci. Five years earlier, he had also suffered a similar injury that took him away from the courts.

Just three weeks after being intervened, he made his Wimbledon debut against Brandon Nakashima and beat him in four sets. At the All England Club he made it into the third round and then lost to Alex Zverev. But the most difficult was already over. From there he linked two ATP semi-finals consecutive (Los Cabos and Atlanta) and was definitely installed among the 40 best in the world trying to surpass his best historical ranking: 24th in 2020.

Although the Californian follows the old recipe of “step by step” as he well expressed in the press conference after beating Zverev “Just one match at a time, like I’ve been doing. That’s how I got here. Just concentrating on tomorrow, and then we’ll think about the rest later.” It is also true that there is a history in his blood that drives him to go further.

Is that his mother is Kathy May, former Top Ten in 1977 in addition to having been the winner of seven titles. “Taylor is very strong mentally and hates to lose. And I always tell him to stay humble and polite,” May expressed in an interview with the ATP during 2018, the year in which Fritz played the Next-Gen ATP Finals.

If the career of the current world number 39 will be equal to or better than that of his mother, time will tell. But so far, Fritz has shown to possess an ability to overcome adverse circumstances just like his idol, Juan Martín Del Potro. And in Indian Wells he will go for his first Masters 1000 final, the one he won in that same place, the Torre de Tandil in 2018.


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