Taylor Made Fix For Men's Tennis On The Fritz!

Gytha

Legend
Heh. In the live rankings today, Taylor has actually entered the top 100 (98) due to some players above dropping points for this week.
 

kramer woodie

Professional
I am back on the Taylor H. Fritz watch. He plays this week in Maui.
He opened with a win against Molchanov (UKR) with 6-2, 6-4.
Next he faces James Duckworth (AUS) this is a tougher opponent, ranked 129.
I hope he can prevail in this one too.
Top seed in the event is Kyle Edmund.
Herios

I watched the Fritz/Duckworth match courtside in Lahaina. Duckworth handled Fritz easily, sliced him to one after another unforced error or Duckworth
waited for a short return and hit a clean winner. I was not that impressed with Fritz's play. Edmund lost to Di Wu in the finals. The courts at the Royal
Lahaina had been re-surfaced for the tournament and the ball bounce off the court was really high. On serves some balls kicked up a good 7 feet.

Overall a fun week of great tennis.

Aloha
 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
to him trade backhands with nishikori was most impressive.
Watched him the US Open Jr last year, 3 matches but wow.
 

Gytha

Legend
My page is showing him at #102. There are 3 players above him who are inactive this week that he can pass with two wins at Delray.
I'm on http://live-tennis.eu/ - he's 102 currently in the rankings proper, but that link has the live rankings that has already taken off the points that players will drop at the end of this week. I like obsessing over it lol.

98- NCH (102) Taylor Fritz 18.3 564 (+4) - Delray Beach R32 - 584 (next) 814 (max)
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Are him and Milos seeing the same hair-stylist?
Milosh rivals Dimi in the babe department. Fritz is going to get a mountain of promo cash just like Dimi. You should have heard the high pitch gasp from crushed fans when Fritz thanked his girl frend in Memphis trophy presentation on Valentines Day.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
By taking out the, albeit slump, Berankis, Fritz proves his right to a place in top 20. He was never going to challenge Nishikori, coma, wheelchair, or what have you...
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
By taking out the, albeit slump, Berankis, Fritz proves his right to a place in top 20. He was never going to challenge Nishikori, coma, wheelchair, or what have you...
Fritz looked really good sitting at up 3-0 in the first. Nishikori had to pick up his game. We'll see if Fritz's progress can overcome the backlash as I'm sure his future opponents will be studying up on him. 15th in the ATP race so far this year so we'll just have to keep watching that as a barometer:
https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx...0!13631&id=documents&activeCell='ATP Race'!G6
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
By taking out the, albeit slump, Berankis, Fritz proves his right to a place in top 20. He was never going to challenge Nishikori, coma, wheelchair, or what have you...
He could have sprung for a few deep fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches for Keilvis Nishipresley, the new King Of Memphis. That would have slowed KOM down enough to take the title!:eek:
 

Herios

Rookie
Heh. In the live rankings today, Taylor has actually entered the top 100 (98) due to some players above dropping points for this week.
Correct. As of now, 4 players fell below Taylor, losing points from a year ago: Kokkinakis, Haider-Maurer, De Baker and Bhambri. The first two are out with injuries, so they will certainly fall below him. That is all for now, because the week will be long, amny players are involved in playing, but I am sure this will be the week when he reaks into the top 100 for sure.
 

Herios

Rookie
Herios

I watched the Fritz/Duckworth match courtside in Lahaina. Duckworth handled Fritz easily, sliced him to one after another unforced error or Duckworth
waited for a short return and hit a clean winner. I was not that impressed with Fritz's play. Edmund lost to Di Wu in the finals. The courts at the Royal
Lahaina had been re-surfaced for the tournament and the ball bounce off the court was really high. On serves some balls kicked up a good 7 feet.

Overall a fun week of great tennis.

Aloha
Hi kramer, thanks for the details. some losses will be useful to learn lessons from and help him to show where does he need to improve. For a power player, he needs to understand that players will try to take advantage and throw at him different looks, slices could be very efficient for that purpose. He will need to add those to his arsenal and also how to return them without makin errors. It is all part of the process of improvement. You saw even Serena Williams is having trouble with slices:)
 
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Gytha

Legend
Will we have a duopoly (Frivev, Rubritz, Frihung) or will this next era evolve into the multiplayer rivalries of the 80/90's???

I'm hoping for the latter...strong era on the way!
Frivev sounds pretty good. The cool headed dark and handsome American vs the blonde, big haired, gold chain wearing hothead German? The storyline writes itself! :D
 

kramer woodie

Professional
Hi kramer, thanks for the details. some losses will be useful to learn lessons from and help him to show where does he need to improve. For a power player, he needs to understand that players will try to take advantage and throw at him different looks, slices could be very efficient for that purpose. He will need to add those to his arsenal and also how to return them without makin errors. It is all part of the process of improvement. You saw even Serena Williams is having trouble with slices:)
Herios

YES! The very best learning comes from failure. Teaches you really quick, what you need to change or add to your game. Fritz could be great if he is dedicated
to improving. Wish him success.

Just a note, I also watched Venus play her power game at the Fed Cup. A joy to watch. I was sorry Poland did not have their top player. Still a fun weekend.

Aloha
 

Max G.

Legend
Likely the former. I didn't watch it, but I've seen lots of young players struggle the week after going deep.

The only way around it is to simply repeat the experience until you get used to it. I'm sure after his third or fourth final, he'll stop having bad weeks after finals runs.
 

Herios

Rookie
It was not a good idea to come here and play right away.
I know he has to get used to it, but he is very sluggish and he cannot focus on the BP conversion, making mainly UE.
 

Herios

Rookie
Done and dusted. Taylor goes down 3-6, 3-6. Smycaek looked like the energizing bunny out there, jumping up and down all the time, while Taylor like just run a cross country event an hour ago.
More fitness is need at this level. At least now he can rest:)
 

reaper

Legend
A dopey decision by Fritz to enter the event at the last minute. He was trying to capitalise on momentum from the previous week, but that's not how things work. Should have taken the week off to train and fire himself up for the next event on his schedule, rather than showing up flat to an event he had no intention of playing.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
A dopey decision by Fritz to enter the event at the last minute. He was trying to capitalise on momentum from the previous week, but that's not how things work. Should have taken the week off to train and fire himself up for the next event on his schedule, rather than showing up flat to an event he had no intention of playing.
He first received a WC to both Memphis and Delray. They rescinded the WC in favor of a SE that he was entitled to as a weekend contestant in Memphis. It wasn't a last-second decision but he has played and done well in Challengers back to back (2 titles), even beating the same opponent Smyczek 2R on the tail end of those twin titles. It's a bit harder at ATP level, especially after his two long QFs and SFs wins in Memphis.
 

reaper

Legend
He first received a WC to both Memphis and Delray. They rescinded the WC in favor of a SE that he was entitled to as a weekend contestant in Memphis. It wasn't a last-second decision but he has played and done well in Challengers back to back (2 titles), even beating the same opponent Smyczek 2R on the tail end of those twin titles. It's a bit harder at ATP level, especially after his two long QFs and SFs wins in Memphis.
Fair enough....it is difficult for players to back up performances week to week when they play above themselves in the first week. I think it was 2014...Tsonga won the Canadian Masters after a period of patchy form, then was knocked out first round of the Masters in the US the following week. I thought a first round exit might be on the cards here for Fritz...career best performance then travel and play within two days. Perfect recipe for defeat while his mind is still processing the success of the previous week.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Fair enough....it is difficult for players to back up performances week to week when they play above themselves in the first week. I think it was 2014...Tsonga won the Canadian Masters after a period of patchy form, then was knocked out first round of the Masters in the US the following week. I thought a first round exit might be on the cards here for Fritz...career best performance then travel and play within two days. Perfect recipe for defeat while his mind is still processing the success of the previous week.
Don't worry reaper. Fritz will come back from the dead.

This site shows him next at Indian Wells Qualifier:
http://live-tennis.eu/playersSchedule

Will they wildcard him into the main draw? From Cali so hard to believe they wouldn't.
 

Max G.

Legend
Fair enough....it is difficult for players to back up performances week to week when they play above themselves in the first week. I think it was 2014...Tsonga won the Canadian Masters after a period of patchy form, then was knocked out first round of the Masters in the US the following week. I thought a first round exit might be on the cards here for Fritz...career best performance then travel and play within two days. Perfect recipe for defeat while his mind is still processing the success of the previous week.
I agree that it wasn't likely that he would do well, but I think it was still a good idea to play. It was an extremely tough ask for him, but it's an important experience. I think he can learn much more from trying and losing than from not trying at all.

After all, getting to a final and then having to travel and play within two days - that's something he needs to learn to do if he wants to be a top 10 player, doing well at back-to-back tournaments. Learning to deal with the mental let-down after a big week, and then having to go out there and play in two days - that's something he needs to learn to do if he wants to win a Grand Slam, so he doesn't join the ranks of many guys who have one superb Grand Slam upset and then flame out in the next round.

Hopefully, this week in Delray Beach helps Fritz identify the reasons he lost to Smyczek here, to work on them so that, in the future, he'll win matches like that one.
 

reaper

Legend
I agree that it wasn't likely that he would do well, but I think it was still a good idea to play. It was an extremely tough ask for him, but it's an important experience. I think he can learn much more from trying and losing than from not trying at all.

After all, getting to a final and then having to travel and play within two days - that's something he needs to learn to do if he wants to be a top 10 player, doing well at back-to-back tournaments. Learning to deal with the mental let-down after a big week, and then having to go out there and play in two days - that's something he needs to learn to do if he wants to win a Grand Slam, so he doesn't join the ranks of many guys who have one superb Grand Slam upset and then flame out in the next round.

Hopefully, this week in Delray Beach helps Fritz identify the reasons he lost to Smyczek here, to work on them so that, in the future, he'll win matches like that one.
Yes, he was definitely right to play the tournament. In an earlier post I said I thought it was a bad decision because I didn't know what a "Special Entry" was...I thought it was a last minute decision from tournament organisers to offer him a spot in the tournament on the back of his good week in Memphis. Delray Beach was already part of his schedule...so it's the normal thing for him to play back to back tournaments as he will need to do throughout his career.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
Unbelievable disgrace. The Berankis match must have taken a far deeper toll than any of us ever suspected.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Seriously, I don't want to be negative, but if Fritz can't deal with Smyzcek, may be it is time for Taylor to start looking into retirement options at this point.
That is so bad!

Fritz is in qualifier in Mexico. Delpo got one of the wild cards, but a bit surprised that the tourney did not put Fritz into the main draw. I don't see info on the other wild card slots, so Fritz may still be alive.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
That is so bad!

Fritz is in qualifier in Mexico. Delpo got one of the wild cards, but a bit surprised that the tourney did not put Fritz into the main draw. I don't see info on the other wild card slots, so Fritz may still be alive.
Porto got a wildcard for what -- getting through the easiest draw in US Open history 7 years ago? We don’t know the draw progress? Are they keeping scores on pocket notepads and report them at the end of the week after the crunchy taco presentation?
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
Berankis is far superior to Fritz in nearly every aspect of the game:

Serve: even with slight edge Fritz
Forehand: about even
Backhand: edge to Berankis
Volleys: Berankis far superior
Court sense: Berankis
Movement: Berankis by far
Intangibles: Berankis by country mile
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
Boy's slams 1-1 for them. Fritz will bag his first men's before the decade ends. Perhaps Berankis will win a senior's slam one day.
Fritz got one mickey mouse on Berankis, but still no comparison to Kafelinkov, Sampras, Safin, Nadal. Heck, he'd be lucky to get a set off Donskoy.
 
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