Aurélien CANOT, Media365, published on Friday, November 25, 2022 at 5:03 p.m.
Eliminated Thursday in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup with the United States against Italy despite his victory against Lorenzo Musetti in one of the two singles, Taylor Fritz then complained at a press conference about the quality of the balls. On the other hand, the American adored the Malaga public.
Since he offered himself the Davis Cup and immediately got rid of the historic formula to put in place a new scheme which earned him a violent wave of protest, Gérard Piqué has been counting the criticisms on the fingers of one hand. positive messages he received for his baby. Taylor Fritz was very close to joining the few players on Thursday to say good things about this new version of the competition won four times by the France team. The American even came close to “perfect”, hot after his defeat against Lorenzo Musetti. The number 9 in the world ranking has indeed greatly appreciated the crowds in the hall of Malaga for a weekday, especially at this time of day. “It’s quite impressive. We played from 10:00 this morning, and we weren’t playing Spain. We weren’t playing against the home team, and it was pretty crowded. It was really nice to see I didn’t expect there to be so many people in the room for the 10 a.m. match. It’s really good to see that,” the recent Masters semi-finalist then savored at a press conference. So much for the good mark, which will please the boss.
Fritz: “Impossible to hit winners with these balls”
On the other hand, Pique must have relished much less Fritz’s analysis of some of the balls used in his game. Eliminated on Thursday with Team US by Italy, the American number 1 then deplored the quality, even though he won his singles against Lorenzo Musetti. “The balls were bad and worn (…) These balls are incredibly slow, it’s really impossible to miss them, and it’s also impossible to hit winning points”, regretted Fritz, long embarrassed by his balls, at hear it, but who regained momentum and his tennis in the second set after the change of balls. “When I had fresh balls, I was able to do something with the ball, and attack.” Musetti, clearly dominated in the second set (6-3) by the American, could see it.