At the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, Taylor Fritz overcame a set deficit to defeat two of the biggest names in American tennis. The World No. 5 faced a fight from the quickly rising Ben Shelton as his title defence got underway in Indian Wells, but was ultimately successful with his expertise in decisive matches. The final score was 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The first ATP Head2Head match between the two lived up to the expectations as both players displayed their explosive attacking styles. On the crowded stadium court, where both the players played booming forehands and massive serves in a fun encounter, Fritz's poise and patience were the deciding factors.
In the third round, Fritz, who is currently on a seven-match winning streak at Indian Wells, will try to continue his run against the 30th seed Sebastian Baez or the Australian Rinky Hijikata.