Taylor Fritz expressed his frustration after being eliminated by Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Indian Wells.
The defending champion was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Sinner, who secured his place among the top four of the tournament and will have to face the Spanish player Carlos Alcaraz. After his defeat, the American commented that he hates losing in the later rounds of tournaments.
“I hate losing in quarter-finals and semi-finals probably more than I hate losing in like the first and second round of tournaments. But it happens. Just gotta move on,” said Fritz.
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“I hate more than anything losing in quarter-finals and semi-finals of tournaments.”
“You do all the work, and then do all the work of winning like three, four matches, and then don’t really get the payoff or like the points and the ranking,”
The 25-year-old player was looking to defend the points he earned last year by winning his first Master 1000 against the Spanish Rafael Nadal. Fritz has dropped from fifth to the tenth spot in the ATP ranking. If Sinner advances to the final, the American will drop out of the top-10
“The way the rankings, the system works is it rewards better for, you know, lose first round three weeks in a row then just win a title than consistently win a couple of matches and lose in the quarter-finals and semi-finals like a couple weeks in a row. It’s way better to just go big and win the tournament,” added Fritz.