We went against world No. 13 Taylor Fritz earlier in the Western & Southern Open. He quickly took our money in a 55-minute rout over world No. 35 Sebastian Baez. Sometimes it feels impossible to cash a bet when backing somebody you didn’t believe in mere days ago, but the reality is that Fritz has put all injury concerns to bed in Cincinnati all week. Now, the American will look to continue playing some outstanding tennis in a quarterfinal match against world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev.
Since earning that easy win over Baez, Fritz has defeated world No. 28 Nick Kyrgios and world No. 8 Andrey Rublev. Those are two of the better players this sport has to offer, which just goes to amplify Fritz's level at this moment. You have to assume that the 24-year-old’s confidence is through the roof, and that’s going to be extremely important as he heads into a match-up with the reigning US Open champion. Also, the fact that he’s been battle tested early in the tournament also helps, as Medvedev has earned straight-set wins over world No. 24 Botic Van De Zandschulp and world No. 21 Denis Shapovalov. Neither player really stood much of a chance against him.