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Fritz added his first top-10 win at a Grand Slam

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Taylor Fritz (No. 12 in ATP Ranking) Stefanos Tsitsipas eliminated from the 2024 Australian Open (7th), the final qualifier for the tournament, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3 and 6-3 after three hours of play. Thus, he is the only American standing in the competition He achieved his first victory over a top ten Grand Slam player and advanced to the quarterfinals.

The 26-year-old tennis player began the season by representing the United States in the Fed Cup, a competition which the North American country won last year, by a margin of one win (to Cameron Norrie) and one loss (to Cameron Norrie). Alex de Minaur)… and immediately afterwards moved to Melbourne to participate in the first major event of 2024.

At the Australian Open, he overcame challenges proposed by Facundo Díaz Acosta (4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 and 6-4), Hugo Gastón (6-0, 6-3 and 6-1). Fabian Marozsan (3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3). The performance against the Greek meant his first top-10 Grand Slam win after 11 falls.

The first time he had to face a top-10 player was at Wimbledon 2016 with Stan Wawrinka (5th) when the American was ranked 65th in the world. He then won the same number of titles against Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Rafael Nadal. The last match was against the Serbian, currently ranked number one in the world, in the quarter-finals of the 2023 US Open.

Months later, he will meet again in the same event with the same competitor: Novak Djokovic. In his first appearance on that tour in Melbourne, he will take on the field to take on the ten-time champion on oceanic terrain.

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