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Mexican Open: Fritz extends win streak to seven, sets all-American semi-final clash against Paul
Fritz scores his sixth consecutive win over Tiafoe in the Acapulco quarter-finals
Third seed Taylor Fritz reached the semi-finals of the Mexican Open by beating No 6 seed and fellow American Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4 at the Princess Mundo Imperial in Acapulco on Thursday.
The wins sets up an all-American semi-final at the ATP 500 event between Fritz, ranked No 5 in the world, and seventh seed Tommy Paul.
Fritz won the Delray Beach tournament earlier this month and has now won seven matches on the trot. The quarter-final win over Tiafoe also marked his sixth consecutive win over Tiafoe, improving his lifetime record against his countryman to 6-1.
Fritz also holds an edge over Paul in head-to-head, leading 2-1over the recent Australian Open semi-finalist. All of their three career meetings at the ATP level have come on hard. If you include their matches from ITF Futures. Challenger Tour and Qualifying events, their head-to-head is evenly poised at 3-3
Earlier in the tournament, Taylor Fritz edged out John Isner (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) and won against Canadian Denis Shapovalov (6-4, 6-4).
Tiafoe, ranked No 15, won against Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka (7-6 (6), 6-4) and Spanish wildcard Feliciano López (6-2, 7-6 (6)) in the previous rounds of the Acapulco Open.
Acapulco ATP500, other last Quarter-Final matches (Princess Mundo Imperial, hard, USD 2,013,940):
- Alex De Minaur (8) beat Taro Daniel (Q): 6-2, 6-2
- Tommy Paul beat Mackenzie McDonald: 6-2, 6-2
- Matteo Berrettini vs. Holger Rune