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No longer elusive: Taylor Fritz snaps major third-round winless streak


In Melbourne Saturday, Taylor Fritz reached the round of 16 of a major for the first time. The American was previously 0-7 in the third round on the Grand Slam stage, though all but one of his losses came at the hands of higher-ranked opponents and four occurred against Top 5 seeds. A look at his journey to this week’s breakthrough Down Under.


2018 US Open R3

(9) Dominic Thiem d. Fritz: 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-4 after three hours and 19 minutes


2019 Aussie Open R3

(3) Roger Federer d. Fritz: 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 after one hour and 28 minutes


2020 Aussie Open R3

(5) Dominic Thiem d. (29) Fritz: 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 after two hours and 50 minutes


2020 US Open R3

(12) Denis Shapovalov d. (19) Fritz: 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 after three hours and 26 minutes -led 5-2 in the fourth set


2020 Roland Garros R3

Lorenzo Sonego d. (27) Fritz: 7-6(5), 6-3, 7-6(17) after three hours and seven minutes


2021 Australian Open R3

(1) Novak Djokovic d. (27) Fritz: 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2 after three hours and 25 minutes


2021 Wimbledon R3

(4) Alexander Zverev d. (31) Fritz: 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4) after two hours and 38 minutes


But then it all changed January 22, 2022…


2022 Aussie Open R3

(20) Fritz d. (15) Roberto Bautista Agut: 6-0, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 after three hours and 14 minutes


"After that match, I was almost close to like tearing up a bit. It seems stupid, because so many people have made the second week of slams, but it's just, like, eluded me for so long. I have had a lot of tough matches, honestly a lot of tough draws, never gotten a great look at it, I guess," he said.


In his anticipated fourth-round debut, Fritz gets yet another Top 5 opponent at a major. Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced shortly afterwards after beating Benoit Paire over four sets.