San Diego Native Taylor Fritz’ U.S. Open Run Ended by Familiar Foe

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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)

San Diego native Taylor Fritz’s run at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships came to an end Friday by a familiar foe, Dominic Thiem. A year ago, Thiem ousted Fritz in the second round of the tournament. This year, it was the third round.

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After dropping the first set, Thiem went on to take the next three sets from the rising star of American tennis, winning 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

The downpour in the middle of the fourth set halted play for 20 minutes. When the match resumed, Thiem, ahead 5-3, handed Fritz a lifeline by double-faulting three times to surrender his serve. The 20-year-old’s hopes of forcing a fifth set were dashed when he went long on match point handing Thiem the match.

“We both played bad service games, traded breaks,” Fritz said. “That’s because we played four sets basically, then just sat on nothing. It was cold. Just did nothing for like 10, 15 minutes, then had to stand up. I bet he was stiff as well. It’s just what happens.”

The match, though, is not without drama. Trailing by two games in the third set and trying to set up a break point, a frustrated Thiem drew a warning from the chair umpire for pummeling his racket on the court, destroying out.

The third set was equally as frustrating for Fritz, who took multiple leads but the Austrian managed to win the tie-breaker and took the third set.

“I was disappointed,” Fritz said. “I was up a break twice in the third and wasn’t able to win the third set. That was a tough one.”

With Fritz out of the tournament, that leaves 3-year-old John Isner as the lone American men left. The last time an American man won the U.S. Open was 15 years ago when Andy Roddick defeated Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero.

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