The American Taylor Fritz, 9th in the world and replacing Carlos Alcaraz forfeited through injury, qualified for the semi-finals of the ATP Masters in Turin on Thursday by beating the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime (6th) 7-6 (7/4 ), 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 in 2h44.
Fritz, 25, is participating for the first time in the end-of-year tournament bringing togetherthe eight best players of the season. With this victory against Auger-Aliassime, the second in three matches in Turin, he finished second in the Green group, behind the Norwegian Casper Ruud (3rd), and therefore also qualified for the last four.
Thursday, Fritz and Auger-Aliassime both presented themselves with a victory (against Rafael Nadal, 2nd) and a defeat (against Ruud). So woe to the vanquished. Both big servers, they each held their faceoff during the first round without conceding a single break point.
Fritz quickly took the advantage in the tie-break to lead 6/3, afford three set points and conclude on the second, on his service. The 22-year-old Canadian, who had never participated in the Masters either, got three break points from the second inning. But Fritz kept his serve and the two players came to the tiebreaker again without conceding a break point. But this time, it was the Canadian who won to push the game into a decisive set.
Fritz got his first break point of the match in the sixth game, but he had to wait for an unforced error from his opponent in the fourth to finally earn the first break of the game and lead 4-2. The Canadian had cracked and the American won the last two games.