Taylor Fritz was thrilled after the United States clinched their first win at the ATP Cup.
Fritz and John Isner delivered for the United States on Sunday as they led them past Canada.
Fritz recovered from a set down in the second match of the tie as he beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (6) 6-4 6-4.
Fritz’s win over Auger-Aliassime clinched victory for the United States over Canada as John Isner beat Brayden Schnur in the opening match of the tie.
“We’re feeling really good,” Fritz said in his on-court interview, per the ATP Cup website. “When we played in 2020, we didn’t win a match, so first win for Team USA at the ATP Cup. It feels good.”
Fritz thinks he should have won the first set
Fritz had two break points in the second game and two more in the fourth but didn’t convert any of his four break point chances.
Fritz got off to a comfortable 6-2 lead in the first set tie-break but somehow managed to blow four consecutive set points as Auger-Aliassime stole the opener.
“I definitely deserved to win the [first] set. I basically did everything but win it,” Fritz said. “I knew that it was obviously really important for the team and also really [important] for me and I felt like I played pretty well in the first set, but I felt like I could play even better. So I just kind of focused on that and told myself to just kind of do the same thing I just did and win the next two sets.”
Fritz made his maiden Masters semifinal in Indian Wells last year and now he is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 23 in the world.
“It’s been coming together and I feel like my level has gotten a lot better recently,” Fritz said of his game. “I’m excited for this year.”