Taylor Fritz flies past Jason Kubler to Wimbledon QFs | ATP Tour

Taylor Fritz had not reached a Grand Slam quarter-final before Monday afternoon, but the American broke that barrier in style at Wimbledon with a superb 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 fourth-round victory against Australian qualifier Jason Kubler.

The 11th seed produced an impressive display of clean hitting from both wings to end World No.99 Kubler’s spirited run at the grass major. Fritz smashed 40 winners and broke his opponent’s serve five times to complete the two-hour victory on Court No. 1.

“The first Grand Slam quarterfinal, that’s a really big thing,” Fritz said in his on-court interview. “To be part of the final eight and I’m happy to be able to win on the Fourth of July, to be an American. It’s great to be in my first quarter-final, it just shows that all the hard work I’m putting in is paying off.”

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His run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals continues a breakthrough year for the 24-year-old Fritz, who lifted his first ATP Masters 1000 crown at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in March. His win against Kubler improved his match record for 2022 to 29-10 and the American admitted that he was good at being rewarded for his efforts behind the scenes.

“There’s really no secrets, it’s just a lot of time and hard work that I put into it,” Fritz said. “At the end of last year I started to find my game and I’ve been building and working, doing the right things and it’s good to see it pay off.”

After recovering from 0/40 down to hold in the opening game of the match, Fritz broke in the very next game to take an early lead in their first tour meeting with Kubler since the 2018 US Open. A dominant display from the American was wrapped up as he overcame a late tight resistance from Kubler and secured a marathon 10th game of the third set by converting his fourth match point.

“I came out maybe a little shaky,” Fritz said. “I went down 0/40 in that first game, I was really lucky to hold that match and then I just turned it around and got a break in the next game. That was the first set. I felt I was serving well and it could have worked out otherwise.” if only the first two games were a little different.

“The second set, I was playing really well, and then the third set I feel like he slowed it down a little bit and backed up a little bit on the court, maybe made it a little bit harder for me to put the ball away, so we started. with some really long rallies and it was really tight. I’m really glad I did it in the end.”

Fritz, who won his third tournament title at the Rothesay International in Eastbourne nine days ago, maintained his form on grass at Wimbledon. The 24-year-old dispatched Lorenzo Musetti, Alastair Gray and Alex Molcano in straight sets to book a meeting with Kubler, and his impressive performance against the 29-year-old Australian was another sign that Fritz will be making a stop at SW19 this fortnight. .

Fritz, who reached the fourth round of a Slam for the first time at the Australian Open in January, will next face two-time champion Rafael Nadal or world number 25 Botic van de Zandschulp for a place in the semi-finals at the All England Lawn. Tennis club.

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