The American played a solid match albeit not one that will instil many fans with confidence as he looked shaky for quite a while in the match. The only saving grace for Fritz was that Davidovich Fokina could not find the court at all.
The Spaniard opened well taking an early break as Fritz was very shaky as well but over time the American found his rhythm while Fokina lost it continuing to spray way too many errors. Fritz also had support from his somewhat consistent serve which was better than that of Fokina which allowed him to wrap up the opening set 7-5.
Fokina played a really solid second set but Fritz was pretty good himself taking a break from the Spaniard that he did not let go. Overall a solid start for Fritz but nowhere near the level he will need to win the event. Winning the event is his only chance of playing in Turin.