Second seed Taylor Fritz of the United States beat compatriot Marcos Giron 4-6 6-2 6-3 in the second round of the Geneva Open on Wednesday. The match lasted for more than two and a half hours, as Fritz had just about enough in the end to topple Giron.
Fritz will take on Ilya Ivashka of Belarus in the quarterfinal on Friday.
Taylor Fritz Overcomes Marcos Giron in Geneva
Giron won the first set playing some brave tennis:
Giron exhibited a lot of courage and was not averse to taking risks in the first set. He used the drop shot really well to drag Fritz to the net quite a few times. There were a lot of crosscourt backhand exchanges between the two in the set, as Giron managed to match Fritz stroke for stroke for the most part.
Giron broke Fritz in the seventh game and then saved the first of the two break points with an audacious drop shot in the subsequent game. He then served the set out to draw first blood.
Fritz dominated the last two sets with his powerful forehand:
Fritz threw caution to the wind and let his forehand loose in the last two sets. Both players went around their backhands more often as the match progressed, but Fritz’s superior power off his forehand won him the majority of the points.
Fritz’s crosscourt forehand, in particular, caused Giron a lot of trouble. Fritz broke Giron twice in the second set and once more in the third to march towards a victory. Giron won only 43% of the points on his second serve in the match, which was far less than Fritz’s 75% and that proved to be the decisive difference ultimately.
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