American Taylor Fritz will meet Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semifinal of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Saturday, October 16. Get the live streaming options of this Taylor Fritz v Nikoloz Basilashvili match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Taylor Fritz v Nikoloz Basilashvili Head to Head
Fritz leads the head-to-head 2-1. The players met twice this year, at Doha and Dubai, splitting results.
Fritz Scores Miracle Comeback Against Zverev
Taylor Fritz played his first ever Masters 1000 quarter-final, incidentally at the same venue where he often visited to watch the tournament as a kid.
Having defeated Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini and winner of three ATP titles this year Jannik Sinner convincingly in the last rounds with the identical 6-4, 6-3 scoreline, Fritz was up against one of the tournament favorites Alexander Zverev in the quarters.
Although Zverev got off to a flier in the first set breaking Fritz early, the American clawed back and broke, only to drop serve again and let the German take the first set.
Fritz broke early in the third to go up 4-1 and then held to close the set 6-3 heading into a deciding third set.
Zverev looked in complete control of the third set breaking early and serving out the match at 5-2. However, nerves crept in as Zverev let go of match points at 5-2, 5-3, 5-4 with the set heading into a tiebreak.
The American played a dominating tiebreak to go up 4-0 early and then there was no looking back as Zverev capitulated 3-7 in the breaker with Fritz clinching a spot in the final four of this tournament.
After Khachanov, Basilashvili Defeats Tsitsipas
Nikoloz Basilashvili has had an up and down season, where he started the year with a six match losing streak, but then went on to win the ATP 250 in Doha defeating Roger Federer en route. He later followed it with a title win in Munich that included a convincing win against one of the better clay courters this season, i.e. Casper Ruud
The Georgian has never been past the opening round at the Indian Wells Masters 1000, but looked good this last fortnight as he defeated American Christopher Eubanks and Spanish veteran Albert Ramos- Vinalos to get his campaign started.
A hard fought win in the fourth round against Karen Khachanov put Basilashvili in the final eight against the number two seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The Doha champion started strong breaking Tsitsipas early and going up in the first set and clinching the set 6-4. Tsitsipas started convincingly in the second set and rushed through it 6-2 with two breaks of serve.
A lively start to the third set followed as the players stayed at par heading to 3-3, but when Tsitsipas double faulted to get broken and go down 3-4, there was no looking back for Basilashvili as he clinched the set and the match booking himself a spot in the semis for a Masters 1000 for the first time.
Fritz v Basilashvili Prediction and Tip
An unexpected semi-final encounter between two players who have looked good this tournament and will be hungry for more. It all depends on who plays the bigger points better but Fritz has been in electric form and can be expected to secure a spot in the final with a tight win in the deciding set against Basilashvili.