Taylor Fritz is the first player to qualify for the Cincinnati Masters 1000 quarter-finals, after his three-set victory over Andrey Rublev, who will drop out of the Top 10.
Winner of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 in March, Taylor Fritz would be delighted to also win on the Cincinnati side this summer, and the 24-year-old American is in any case the first player to qualify for the quarterfinals of final. Opposed to Andrey Rublev, ranked five ranks ahead of him (13th against 8th), and whom he had beaten in the semis during his Californian triumph, Fritz won 6-7, 6-2, 7-5 after a fight of 2:28. Author of 13 aces (for 6 double faults), the Californian saved the six break points obtained by the Russian, and only lost the first set in the tie-break (7-4), after having missed a set point earlier, at 5-4. But in the second set, Fritz upped his game, and also took advantage of Rublev’s injured left leg, who called in the physio at 2-5, then returned to the locker room after losing the set. Reinvigorated, the Russian held on well during the third set and even got three balls for 4-2, but at 6-5 in favor of Fritz, it was he who broke on his serve and offered the victory to the American. It is therefore Fritz who will be opposed to Daniil Medvedev or Denis Shapovalov, while Rublev will leave the Top 1o, where he has been installed since October 2020, next Monday.