Fritz Posts Win Over Fellow 18-Year-Old In Opening Round In Memphis

Taylor Fritz (r.) won the battle of the young guns against Michael Mmoh (photo: Memphis Open)

MEMPHIS, February 10, 2016

Three US-Americans teenagers took center stage on Tuesday at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Wild card Taylor Fritz posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over fellow 18-year-old ATP World Tour debutant Michael Mmoh, who came through the qualifying. Fritz sent down 10 aces and saved all three break points he faced, converting two of his own seal victory in 72 minutes.

“Honestly, only played him (Mmoh) once,” Fritz said of his opponent. “I was always playing a level lower. Michael said the same thing. I used to not be that good. I used to not be at the level of Michael and Frances (Tiafoe) and those guys. We’ve only really been playing the same events for two years so in that time I’ve got to see how far I’ve come.” Fritz will meet second seed, another US-American, Steve Johnson next.

The two seeds in action on Tuesday found their way into the second round. The tournament’s number eight Damir Dzumhur defeated Tim Smyczek 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, winning 52% of the total points in one hour and 47 minutes. The Bosnian will take on Ricardas Berankis next.

Seventh seed John Millman claimed his second win over Austin Krajicek in the pair’s third tour meeting. The world number 66 from Australia fired 11 aces and won 77% of his first service points to prevail in two hours and 42 minutes. Millman will face Benjamin Becker next. The German veteran knocked-off 18-year-old US-American wild card Tommy Paul, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in one hour and 45 minutes.

Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe caused the upset of the day in the doubles competition, taking down three-time Memphis Open champions and the tounament’s top seeded Bryan Brothers 1-6, 7-6, 12-10 in one hour and 26 minutes.

Nicholas Monroe and Austin Krajicek (photo: Memphis Open)

Nicholas Monroe and Austin Krajicek (photo: Memphis Open)