Taylor Fritz ready for Novak Djokovic quarterfinals showdown at the 2023 US Open

Taylor Fritz ready for Novak Djokovic quarterfinals showdown at the 2023 US Open

Alright,
first time quarterfinalist in New York,
Taylor Fritz.
He’s got Novak Djokovic next.
0-7 against Novak Djokovic,
including that 6-love,
6-4 loss just a couple weeks ago.
So how does Taylor Fritz figure out a way to get past the world number one?
You’ve got to ask his coach right here,
Steve.
He’ll chime in in a moment.
I want to hear him first.
I’m waiting for Michael Russell.
I mean,
we’re all Michael Russell fans,
but what’s your game plan?
Well,
look,
he’s played some tough matches with Novak,
too.
Five sets in Australia,
did a really nice job at the ATP Finals last year,
a couple tie breaks.
So he’s been right there,
but as we all know,
Novak Djokovic isn’t the most accomplished player in the men’s game for no reason.
I mean,
he’s great in big moments.
You have to find ways to be comfortable being outside of your comfort zone.
Taylor’s going to have to serve well.
He’s going to have to find ways to put some pressure on Novak’s second serve.
The biggest question is,
how the heck do you do it over three to five sets?
And that’s what every male player has to figure out against Novak.
That’s the challenge.
Yeah,
and I think,
you know,
as a player,
the first thing you want to do is try to build a little bit of belief in a match like this one.
So that’s getting on the board early.
That’s going toe to toe in the first set down the stretch.
Maybe trying to get that first set,
if you can,
under your belt,
and then it’s a match.
Then you’ve got something to work with and maybe allow for something a little more special to happen during the course of that match.
But he’s definitely got to serve well.
I mean,
that’s a key.
That’s a given.
And I think also take some chances on returns,
maybe try to get in a little bit more,
try to just push the envelope,
especially in those moments where he’s held serve and he can take a little more risk.
But,
you know,
it’s a comprehensive effort that it takes to beat a Novak Djokovic three out of five sets.
And I’m looking forward to seeing how Fritz handles it because he’s been playing so well so far.
Four matches.
Taylor Fritz is one.
He’s played,
you know,
his old buddy,
Stevie Johnson.
He’s had a teenager.
He had a qualifier yesterday in Stricker.
Blessing or curse that he’s going from four opponents outside the top 75 to suddenly the most accomplished player ever.
Blessing for me.
I mean,
whenever you can get into the quarters and not have lost set for me,
it’s always a blessing.
Does he believe he does?
I mean,
Taylor,
to me,
is the best there is out there in terms of that young group mentally.
I mean,
I think he is a very exceptional mental and emotional player in terms of managing situations.
Now he’s got to figure out how to execute all the strategic and physical stuff.
And look,
you know,
it’s one of these things.
It’s not just Taylor’s problem.
It’s a men’s tour problem.
And that’s what we’ve seen for the last decade and a half from Novak Djokovic.
So there’ll be a lot of good conversations with him and with Mike Russell,
and they’ll figure out how to go out there and come up with a good game plan to me.
For any young player in this situation,
you better have a great time.
I mean,
you’re going to play on Arthur Ashe Stadium with nothing to lose,
everything to gain.
It is going to be packed.
It is going to be fun.
You’ve got to embrace this and enjoy it and play every point.
And the crowd will be behind him.

Alright,
first time quarterfinalist in New York,
Taylor Fritz.
He’s got Novak Djokovic next.
0-7 against Novak Djokovic,
including that 6-love,
6-4 loss just a couple weeks ago.
So how does Taylor Fritz figure out a way to get past the world number one?
You’ve got to ask his coach right here,
Steve.
He’ll chime in in a moment.
I want to hear him first.
I’m waiting for Michael Russell.
I mean,
we’re all Michael Russell fans,
but what’s your game plan?
Well,
look,
he’s played some tough matches with Novak,
too.
Five sets in Australia,
did a really nice job at the ATP Finals last year,
a couple tie breaks.
So he’s been right there,
but as we all know,
Novak Djokovic isn’t the most accomplished player in the men’s game for no reason.
I mean,
he’s great in big moments.
You have to find ways to be comfortable being outside of your comfort zone.
Taylor’s going to have to serve well.
He’s going to have to find ways to put some pressure on Novak’s second serve.
The biggest question is,
how the heck do you do it over three to five sets?
And that’s what every male player has to figure out against Novak.
That’s the challenge.
Yeah,
and I think,
you know,
as a player,
the first thing you want to do is try to build a little bit of belief in a match like this one.
So that’s getting on the board early.
That’s going toe to toe in the first set down the stretch.
Maybe trying to get that first set,
if you can,
under your belt,
and then it’s a match.
Then you’ve got something to work with and maybe allow for something a little more special to happen during the course of that match.
But he’s definitely got to serve well.
I mean,
that’s a key.
That’s a given.
And I think also take some chances on returns,
maybe try to get in a little bit more,
try to just push the envelope,
especially in those moments where he’s held serve and he can take a little more risk.
But,
you know,
it’s a comprehensive effort that it takes to beat a Novak Djokovic three out of five sets.
And I’m looking forward to seeing how Fritz handles it because he’s been playing so well so far.
Four matches.
Taylor Fritz is one.
He’s played,
you know,
his old buddy,
Stevie Johnson.
He’s had a teenager.
He had a qualifier yesterday in Stricker.
Blessing or curse that he’s going from four opponents outside the top 75 to suddenly the most accomplished player ever.
Blessing for me.
I mean,
whenever you can get into the quarters and not have lost set for me,
it’s always a blessing.
Does he believe he does?
I mean,
Taylor,
to me,
is the best there is out there in terms of that young group mentally.
I mean,
I think he is a very exceptional mental and emotional player in terms of managing situations.
Now he’s got to figure out how to execute all the strategic and physical stuff.
And look,
you know,
it’s one of these things.
It’s not just Taylor’s problem.
It’s a men’s tour problem.
And that’s what we’ve seen for the last decade and a half from Novak Djokovic.
So there’ll be a lot of good conversations with him and with Mike Russell,
and they’ll figure out how to go out there and come up with a good game plan to me.
For any young player in this situation,
you better have a great time.
I mean,
you’re going to play on Arthur Ashe Stadium with nothing to lose,
everything to gain.
It is going to be packed.
It is going to be fun.
You’ve got to embrace this and enjoy it and play every point.
And the crowd will be behind him.

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