Taylor Fritz revealed his plan to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas, saying that aggression will be the key to win.
Fritz made his first Grand Slam Round of 16 in emphatic fashion after beating Roberto Bautista Agut. He prevailed 6-0 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-3 over his opponent and reached a personal milestone.
However, he faces a massive hurdle if he is to advance further. He drew Tsitsipas as his opponent, who is one of the favourites to win the Australian Open. The Greek has been dominant at Melbourne, and it will take something special to knock him out.
Fritz revealed his plan to beat Tsitsipas, saying that he will have to take the fight to him if he is to have any chance.
“Things have just been really clicking with my forehand,” Fritz said, as quoted by Tennis World USA.
“I felt like that was my big weapon in the juniors and when I came onto the tour, and then I lost it a little bit and just played too conservative in my game for the last couple of years.
“It got me to where it got me, but to really push that next level, the forehand has just been clicking for me, it’s become such a big weapon for me and I’m just playing so much more aggressive in the big moments.
“I have to keep being aggressive on my shots, go for them on the big points. … I am going to have to serve big and just use my weapons.”
“I’ve been waiting so long to make a round of 16,” the American continued with a smile.
“I was 0-7 before (in third rounds at majors), a lot of really, really tough draws – I’ve never really had a match I was supposed to win really to make it.
“Today was no different, another really tough opponent, to do it against someone who has basically been my dad in my professional career – he owns me.
“I said after the last match I felt confident going into this one, even with the head-to-head (5-1 in favour of Bautista Agut prior to the match), because I felt like I’m a different player and I thought I proved it today,” he concluded.