From two sets down: Taylor Fritz stages remarkable Wimbledon comeback over Alexander Zverev to reach Quarterfinals

Monday, 08 July 2024 at 20:03
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Taylor Fritz (No. 12) achieved a stunning victory over Alexander Zverev (No. 4) to advance to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second time in his career. The American came back from two sets down to claim an incredible five-set win, 4-6, 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-3.
In a match featuring two big servers, Fritz tallied 15 aces compared to Zverev’s 19, with both players winning over 80% of points on their first serves throughout the match. The first set was decided by a single break in the ninth game in favor of Zverev, who then held his serve to take the lead 6-4.
The second set followed a similar pattern, with both players holding their serve comfortably. Zverev showed greater confidence with an 81% first-serve success rate, winning 87% of those points, while Fritz, despite having a 62% first-serve rate, won 81% of his first-serve points. After nearly 40 minutes, the set went to a tie-break, where the world No. 4 showcased his class, winning two points on Fritz’s serve and closing the set on his third set point, 7-6(4).
Although neither player had a clear upper hand, the momentum seemed to be with Zverev, who had displayed superior composure in crucial points. In the third set, the German remained resolute on serve, but Fritz managed to seize his first opportunity in the ninth game, breaking Zverev. The German’s 11 unforced errors in the set, compared to just four from Fritz, proved costly as Fritz closed the gap by taking the set 6-4.
The fourth set saw no breaks or opportunities for either player. In the tie-break, Fritz quickly established a lead, gaining two mini-breaks to go up 4-0 before finally closing the tough set 7-6(3) after squandering a couple of set points on Zverev’s serve.
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Frtz at 2022 Wimbledon
The tension peaked in the fifth set, with Zverev’s first-serve points won dropping to 71%, while Fritz displayed his best tennis, winning 88% of first-serve points. Fritz recorded 13 winners and only three unforced errors compared to Zverev’s seven winners and five unforced errors. The crucial break came in the fourth game of the fifth set, allowing the resilient Fritz to maintain his slim advantage and ultimately seal a memorable comeback after 3 hours and 33 minutes, winning 4-6, 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-3.
Fritz will face the lowest-ranked player remaining in the draw in the quarterfinals: 25th seed Lorenzo Musetti, who capitalized on the early exits of several favorites to reach the last eight in a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. The highest-ranked opponent Musetti has faced so far is world No. 37 Luciano Darderi.

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