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Moutet overcomes Fritz to get off to a winning start at UTS4

The Frenchman is the first winner at UTS4 and will next meet Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday

Corentin Moutet at UTS4 in 2021 Corentin Moutet at UTS4 in 2021

UTS4 – Group A

Moutet beats Fritz: 14-11, 13-12, 14-15, 13-11

  • The headline: Corentin “The Tornado” Moutet beat American Taylor “The Hotshot” Fritz three-quarters-to-one
  • Other key info: Moutet started strong but withstood a strong fightback form Fitz in the final two quarters.
  • Why you should read this story: Moutet is the first player to win a match at UTS4

France’s Corentin Moutet won the opening match at UTS4 after beating American Taylor “Hotshot” Fritz three-quarters-to-one at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France on Monday.

The Tornado wins first two quarters

Moutet, ranked No 70 in the world, got off to a quick start in the match, going up 5-2, and then 7-4, before building up a 12-7 lead. With the clock heading towards zero, Fritz managed narrow the gap a bit, but Moutet was able to win the quarter 14-11.

In the second quarter, it was Hotshot Fritz who got off to a better start, leading 4-2 but Moutet managed to fight back, even as 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams watched in the stands alongside her coach and UTS pioneer Patrick Mouratoglou. Every time the American got ahead by a couple of points, the Tornado found his way back, and finally won the second quarter 13-12.

Fritz fight back but Moutet comes through

After back-to-back double faults to start off the third quarter, Fritz looked to be well on his way to going down in three straight quarters. Leading 5-3, Moutet hit his first underarm serve of the day to win the point and go up 6-3.

At 13-10, Moutet hit another underarm serve, which Fritz returned well to set himself an easy volley to put away. However, Hotshot Fritz missed the volley to go down 10-14. The American did manage to fight back to make it 14-14 and won the deciding point to take the third quarter 15-14.

Taylor Fritz at UTS in 2021
Taylor Fritz at UTS in 2021 © UTS

After Fritz led 2-0 in the fourth quarter, Moutet found a way to catch up once again. The two players stayed pretty even till 11-11, until Moutet managed to win three points in a row to claim the win 14-11, 13-12, 14-15, 13-11.

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