Taylor Fritz continued his breakout season Tuesday in Acapulco. The 18-year-old who made the Memphis final 10 days ago pulled off one of his best career wins defeating the 30th-ranked Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
“It feels amazing to have that consistency, to show I didn’t just do it that one time, to come back and do it again,” Fritz said after his second career Top 30 win. “I felt like the first set I played a really great game in the very first game to break. He has a really big first serve and I made a lot of solid returns that game and kind of caught him a little off guard. I was able to serve well enough to hold serve throughout the set.
“Second set, I definitely had my chances to break but didn’t come up on the big points.
“And the third set, I played about the best game I possibly could to get the early break. I played a lot of good shots.”
Fritz, who will next meet Victor Estrella Burgos, will now move into the Top 100 thanks to the win. He had to qualify for the event.
Fritz’s countryman and friend Ryan Harrison also pulled off his own upset stunning former US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Harrison, a qualifier, is defending semifinal points from last year. Cilic had just flown in after falling in the Marseille title on Sunday.
Dominic Thiem, Sam Querrey, David Ferrer and Bernard Tomic were also winners. Former finalist Grigor Dimitrov was battling Denis Kudla in the late night match.
— Rikus De Villiers (@RikusDeVilliers) February 24, 2016
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