Taylor Fritz: I begged coach not to work on net game

American tennis star Taylor Fritz is happy with his current level as he has made the round-of-16 at the Miami Masters

Fritz, ranked at No. 32 in the world, overcame Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie in three sets 6-4 3-6 6-1 to reach the round-of-16 in Miami for the first time in his career. 

Fritz’s best result of the season came in Doha, where he made the semifinal this month before losing to eventual champion Nikoloz Basilashvili. 

“I feel great about where my game’s at. I think the courts are not too fast. I get a good amount of time to set up for my shots,” Fritz told Tennis Channel’s Prakash Amritraj afterwards. “Serving well, forehand feels good. I feel like I’ve improved on my return a lot lately. Stepping in, attacking more on my backhand. I’m very critical of my game and I’m pretty happy right now where it’s at.”

Frtz enjoying the fruits of working on his net game 

Fritz admitted that he ”begged” his coach Paul Annacone not to work on his net game but now he is happy that he listened to his coach. 

“We’ve been working on that for probably three or four years. I’ve been begging Paul not to work on it. It’s all I do, I feel like,” Fritz shared. “I felt like in Doha, it was the first time I really started feeling comfortable coming forward. I was playing some good net points. It’s finally—after all the work we put in—kind of appearing on the court in the matches.”

Fritz now has a good chance to continue his run in Miami as his next opponent will be recent Singapore runner-up Alexander Bublik. 

Fritz has never won a Masters title and winning one in front of his home fans would certainly be a dream come true for the young American. 

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