World No. 23 Taylor Fritz acknowledged he and Cameron Norrie always play tight matches and he didn’t expect anything different for their ATP Cup clash.
On Thursday, Fritz edged out Norrie 7-6 (4) 3-6 6-1 at the ATP Cup in Sydney.
The head-to-head between the two now stands on Fritz’s side, who leads 5-4.
“Cam and I have played so many times, it’s actually pretty ridiculous. Every single time it’s just an absolute battle,” Fritz said, per the ATP Cup website. “I know that he can go into these modes where he will just not miss a ball and he kind of did that in the second and I was getting pretty frustrated with the shots he was coming up with.
“I had to just let it go in the third set, reset and try to serve a little better so he didn’t get so many chances to hit those unreal shots and I upped my level a lot in the third and played really well.”
Fritz and the United States lost the tie
In the opening match of the tie, Dan Evans beat John Isner 6-4 7-6 (3).
“You’ve got to be ready to not touch the ball a few times. I think in the second set I didn’t win many points on his serve, so it was difficult, but you know you’re going to get a few chances if you get the ball back and that’s the nature of that match. It’s great to come through and set the tone, not just for my match, but for the tie. We needed this one, so it was important,” Evans said.
In the decisive rubber, Evans and Jamie Murray beat Fritz and Isner 6-7 (3) 7-5 10-8.
Fritz beat Norrie and Felix Auger-Aliassime at the ATP Cup, while he lost to Alexander Zverev.
Fritz and the United States concluded their run at this year’s ATP Cup in the group stage.