San Diego native Taylor Fritz, who just won his first ever Grand Slam match Wednesday, was ousted Thursday in the second round of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York City.
The 19-year-old teenager was outmatched against the sixth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem. Thiem, who has never advanced beyond the fourth round in a major, dispatched Fritz in four sets, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
The match was one of the ones to watch Thursday as both players are considered to be rising stars in the sport. Fritz came into the match having won four of his last five matches, including a dominant win over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis on Wednesday.
Thiem has won three of his last four matches but has more depth than the American rising star. The 23-year-old Austrian won his first-round match against Australian Alex De Minaur easily Tuesday, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.
It looks like Thiem was going to do the same to Fritz on Thursday, but the former San Diegan rallied back to win the third set and gave Thiem the run for his money in the fourth set.
Making to the second round of the U.S. Open was a milestone for Fritz. He’s tried to make past the first round of a Grand Slam main draw match six times and failed six times.
“I feel like the way I have played in a lot of my matches I would have beaten a lot of other players,” Fritz said. “I think it just wasn’t really meant to be a lot of the other times.”
Thiem will now face No. 30 seed Adrian Mannarino of France in the third round.