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(Reuters) – Taylor Fritz stated his rise to fifth on this planet rankings has given his fellow People the assumption they will emulate his success on the ATP Tour.
Final 12 months’s Indian Wells champion, Fritz claimed the Delray Seashore title final month to grow to be the primary American male ranked inside the highest 5 since Andy Roddick in September 2009.
Nonetheless, the 25-year-old, who’s amongst 10 American males within the prime 50, stated he didn’t really feel just like the chief of the pack.
“I would not say ‘chief’ however I’ve proven everybody what’s doable, as a result of they’ve all the time identified they will play with me and might compete with me. And if I will do one thing I do know they consider they will do it too,” Fritz stated.
“I feel it provides a whole lot of reassurance or confidence to them that they will produce the identical outcomes I can produce. I really feel if the roles have been reversed, I would really feel the identical manner.”
Fritz outclassed Marton Fucsovics at Indian Wells on Tuesday and can subsequent play Jannik Sinner.
He joins Frances Tiafoe within the quarter-finals, marking the primary time that two People will characteristic within the final eight on the match since Mardy Fish and James Blake in 2008.
Fritz stated Tiafoe had discovered a method to grind out victories.
“He is grow to be a lot extra constant and gotten over the hump of profitable these matches that simply generally would not go his manner, which makes a giant distinction while you’re late right into a match,” Fritz stated.
“It is a massive distinction while you begin profitable these matches, and he is been profitable these.”
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)