San Diego’s Taylor Fritz Pulls Biggest Comeback Win in U.S. Open First Day

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Taylor Fritz signing autograph after the first day of the 2018 US Open on Aug. 27, 2018, at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, NY. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire)

Down two sets on the opening day of the U.S. Open Tennis, Taylor Fritz pulled off the biggest comeback of his career to date Monday.

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The San Diego native relied on his athleticism to outlast Germany’s Mischa Zverev in five sets, 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-2. The match lasted 3 hours and 48 minutes. This was Fritz’s first two-set-behind comeback of this career.

“I feel good,” he said. “I think I’m ready to make a big run.”

In a way, Monday’s win made up for the disappointing 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-2 loss against Zverev in the second round at Wimbledon a month ago.

On Monday, Fritz had 79 winners and his 18th ace sealed the deal. The 20-year-old is only one year removed from his first Grand Slam match win at the US Open.

“I think I’ve been playing well. I think today wasn’t my best,” he said. “I’m going to have to play better if I want to have a deep run and beat the top players.”

Fritz will now face Jason Kubler on Wednesday. The Australian scored his first Grand Slam match win earlier in the day Monday, beating Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

Kubler is competing as a top-100 player for this first time in this tournament.

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