San Diego Teen Wins First Grand Slam Match at US Open

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Taylor Fritz at the 2016 US Open. Photo via Wiki Commons

San Diego native Taylor Fritz won his first Grand Slam match and ousted Marcos Baghdatis on Wednesday at the US Open in straight sets.

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The 19-year-old wild card beat Baghdatis, 6-4 6-4 6-3, in the first round of the tournament. The 108th-ranked Fritz out played the 83rd-ranked Cypriot. Fritz saved eight break points in the match and converted five of his own in the win.

“I think I have had some tough Grand Slam draws in the past. I have been playing a lot of good players. I feel like the way I have played in a lot of my matches I would have beaten a lot of other players,” Fritz told Long Island Tennis Magazine. “I think it just wasn’t really meant to be a lot of the other times, like, against Jack, Isner, or Muller or Wawrinka or any other ones I played, you know. So, you know, I just approached it with nothing to lose, not put too much pressure on myself, play my game.”

Fritz, who now lives in Palos Verdes, will face sixth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem in the second round. Thiem defeated Australian Alex De Minaur 6-4 6-1 6-1 in his opening match.

The Baghdatis-Fritz match was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was delayed to Wednesday because of rain.

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