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I belong in the top 10 but it’s stressful – tough at the top for Taylor Fritz

Lots done, lots more to do for the American

Taylor Fritz Tennis – ATP Finals Turin – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 17, 2022 Taylor Fritz of the U.S. in celebrates after winning his group stage match against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

It’s been a big year for Taylor Fritz. He’s won three titles – in Tokyo, Eastbourne and Indian Wells – and reached a new career high ranking of world No 8 in October.

Of course, the pressure is now on to do it all again in 2023 – and when he spoke to journalists in Turin, the American acknowledged that.

“Yeah, it’s definitely not easy to be in the top 10, to accumulate all the points,” said the 25-year-old. “There is added stress to produce the consistent results that you need to stay in it. I absolutely feel like I belong. I think that I’ve proved that I belong in the top 10 and I belong here. I just need to keep working hard.”

Fritz: It was a really solid year

And he reiterated what a positive season it had been for him.

“Fortunately for me I think there’s a lot of positives to take out of this year where I finished. I finished where I did and I missed pretty much the whole clay court season, didn’t have any training going into the beginning of the hard court season. I was dealing with injuries, and I still was able to produce a really solid year.

“I’m just excited to kind of get back to work, keep improving, next year look to cement my spot even more.”

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