Outstanding Fritz: the first US player in all clay-court Masters 1000 quarterfinals

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 at 19:30
Taylor Fritz became the first American tennis player to reach the quarterfinals in all three clay Masters 1000 tournaments. The world No. 13 secured a tough victory against Grigor Dimitrov (No. 10) by 6-2, 6-7(11), 6-1 and is among the top eight at the Rome Open for the first time in his career.
‘Claylor’ has had a great campaign in the clay swing this season. Despite a defeat in the Monte-Carlo Masters debut, Fritz reached the final in the Munich Open, then semifinals in the Madrid Open, and is now into the last-8 in Rome, with a record of 10-3 on clay in 2024.

Another great Masters 1000 campaign for Fritz

The American reaches the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000 for the 11th time in his career, and the fourth time in one of the three clay tournaments, although he had never done so in Rome before. Back in 2022, Fritz reached the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo, and a year later he reached the semifinals of the same tournament.
Two weeks ago, Fritz had his best campaign in the Madrid Open and was eliminated in the semifinals against the eventual champion Andrey Rublev. Now that he has reached the quarterfinals of the Rome Open, Fritz can boast of having reached the final stages of all three Masters 1000 on clay, something no other American player had achieved before.
Although Fritz has stood out more on hardcourts throughout his career, each season shows improvements on clay. In early April of this year, he reached the final of the BMW Munich Open, his first final on clay, although he fell to the local Jan-Lennard Struff.
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Fritz will challenge Alexander Zverev in his quest to reach his 5th semifinals of Masters 1000.
Fritz's next challenge in Rome will be against world No. 5 Alexander Zverev, who has smoothly progressed throughout the tournament. The German defeated Nuno Borges by 6-2, 7-5 and remains without conceding sets. Sascha leads the head-to-head by 4-3, although they have never faced each other on clay.

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