Taylor Fritz to enjoy new career milestone regardless of result against Novak Djokovic
Taylor Fritz takes on the world number one for a shot at the Paris Masters semi-finals, his run there already securing a career first.
The young American is enjoying an impressive run of form in the second half of 2021.
Fritz has won 11 of his last 13 matches, reaching the semi-finals in Indian Wells, the final in St Petersburg, and now the quarter-finals in Paris.
Furthermore, he has three consecutive wins over top 10 opponents in Matteo Berrettini and Alexander Zverev at Indian Wells and Andrey Rublev in Paris.
His results at the French Masters have brought him to face five-time champion Novak Djokovic for a spot in the last four. The odds are stacked against Fritz, the 24-year-old holding an 0-4 record against the Serb.
However, no matter how the match against Djokovic turns out, Fritz will have a welcome surprise come the end of the event.
His run in Paris will see him climb from world number 26 to at least 23rd in the rankings. This is one place higher than his career-best of 24 achieved in March 2020.
The jump also means that he will become the new American number one, overtaking Reilly Opelka and John Isner.
Should he defeat Djokovic for the first time in his career, Fritz would climb even higher to level on points with world number 20 Pablo Carreno Busta.
The victor of Fritz versus Djokovic will face Hubert Hurkacz for a place in the Paris final.
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