American teenager Taylor Fritz takes on Malek Jaziri of Tunisia tonight in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. The 136-ranked Californian stunned viewers on Sunday night beating no 7 seed Marian Cilic to seal his first victory over a top ten player and his berth in the round of 32. If he going to be the latest outside tennis tips to bash the bookies?
Tennis Tips – Taylor Fritz
The stadium in Indian Wells was buzzing with excitement on Sunday with the local partisan crowd cheering “Taylor, Taylor” as he came back from a set down to knock Cilic out. Late night matches in the desert air of Indian Wells are a special occasion for the spectators and they weren’t let down by their local hero, who came back from a set down to win.
After a slow start where Fritz feared the dreaded bagel in the first set, he fought his way back into the game taking the second set and then grinding out the decider 6-4 having been a break of serve down. The victory gives him his first shot at a third round match in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. The question is whether he will have enough to beat the experienced World number 53 from Tunisia.
Tennis Tips – Malek Jaziri
Jaziri has not dropped a set on his way to the third round, having beaten Frenchman Nicholas Mahut and then Spanish #32 seed Marcel Granollers. The 33-year-old Tunisian is in the form of his life currently, having hit his peak ranking of 47 last month.
He has yet to win an ATP tour event but has appeared in two semi-finals (Moscow 2012, Winston-Salem 2015) and one quarter-final (Dubai 2014) in the past. He faces Taylor Fritz in the second match in Stadium 3 at Indian Wells. The two have never met before in ATP competition.
Tennis Tips – BNP Paribas Open
Fritz is the bookie’s tennis tips to reach the next round. I think this is largely based on the home crowd backing him which certainly helped him out against Cilic. Although Fritz is ranked lower than Jaziri I think he will beat him and get a real shot at making a name for himself on the ATP tour.
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