Taylor Fritz is prepared for  his quarterfinal matchup against Novak Djokovic

The response was appropriate for winning a smaller competition's championship or even earning a finalist spot. Taylor Fritz, the top-ranked American, won his first US Open quarterfinal at that time.

where he’ll face Novak Djokovic—the 25-year-old chucked his racquet, steeled his arms at his side and roared at his box.

Even before Fritz beat compatriot Tommy Paul to win the 2015 US Open junior boys’ title, the rumblings were out there about the California kid with a laser backhand and a big serve.

As a pro, he had made seven main-draw appearances at his home Grand Slam before this year, including a different stint as the top-ranked American.

Fill inYet time and time again, forgettable losses and dramatic upsets derailed Fritz’s New York stays some text

There were the near misses in back-to-back years against Austrian Dominic Thiem, who Fritz lost to in four sets in 2017 (second round) and 2018 (third round).

Then, in 2020, Fritz had a two-set victory over Denis Shapovalov of Canada before losing in five sets in the third round.

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