The Chinese player beat Taylor Fritz in the Masters 1000 round of 16 in Madrid after a very brave match with a score of .
16 rounds Madrid Masters 1000 They faced two players with different goals in this tournament. Taylor Fritz He reached the semi-finals in Monte Carlo and arrives having won two games in two sleeves showing a high level. Zhizhen Zhang He is one of the surprises of the tournament, eliminating Denis Shapovalov and Cameron Norrie to reach this round. This match was the first between the two, and the American was the clear favorite.
Fritz starts to dominate
The match started both by raising the pace of the game and testing the level of his rival, the American had only one break option. The break did not appear until the sixth set, which was in the American’s favor after the Chinese failed after a parallel backhand. Fritz managed to break through Zhang’s defense, which was one and a half meters away from the tournament. Taylor continues to show his good form on clay and put forward his bid to win the tournament. The American ended the set with a direct kick to the «T» zone, which Zhang couldn’t reach. The game started in the best way for their interests.
second batch even
The second set started with Fritz’s break point that almost ended the match, but the Chinese saved the situation to stay in the match. So things, The match remained even until the seventh game, when Taylor took what looked to be a decisive break. However, Zhang recovered and broke in the next after the American failed. Thus, the set went to a draw and the Chinese scored a close result after Fritz’s long drawn-out return.
tight third set
The third and decisive set started with sword style and both serves at a good level. Neither could force their rhythm and it was difficult for them to get points against both great defenses. Thus, the score went 3-3, and neither was close to getting a break on their advantage. In set four, the first tense moment of the set came when Zhang had two break points.Thu. With the second one, he managed to get ahead after a long American ball. Fritz would account for the double match and back-to-back tiebreakers that triggered a very tight tiebreak. At this point, Zhizhen Zhang made four breaks and needed two match points, it would end in a duel with great pain.