MELBOURNE, Australia — This is a story about Roger Federer’s third-round match. Only it is not about Roger Federer.
It is about a young upstart on the men’s tennis tour, a lanky power-hitting Californian who possesses skill and promise and a résumé stacked with solid but not spectacular results.
At Rod Laver Arena this Friday afternoon, the education of Taylor Fritz took a significant, though bruising, step forward. This was a graduate level course held in front of 15,000 fans, taught with calculating precision by a 37-year-old Swiss who has won 20 Grand Slam titles.
“Yes, a real lesson,” Fritz said, once the match was done. “I’m going to be better because of this match, I’ll tell you that.”
Fritz, who is 21 and considered to be one of the most promising players in the game, had come to this Australian Open match on the heels of the biggest Grand Slam victory of his career: a tense, hard-fought win over the 30th-seeded Frenchman Gaël Monfils.
After that match, though he was playing as confidently as he ever had, Fritz was cleareyed about his slim chances against an all-time great like Federer. He noted how his only previous meeting with Federer had been a battle that went to the later stage of a tight third set. Then Fritz had crumbled.
This time, though aware of the long odds against him, Fritz vowed to play loose and relaxed. “Have fun,” he said. “Play my game, hit big.” He wanted to soak up the moment, and learn.
At 1 p.m. on a muggy afternoon, Fritz finally took the court at Rod Laver Arena. He had never played there. He smiled tightly. He fidgeted with his brown hair and white headband. His mind raced.
“There were a lot of thoughts going on in my head,” he would explain, noting that he had simultaneously tried to pump himself up and find calm by listening to rap on his headphones as he strode before the fans.
Then the warm-up began. It was impossible to miss the fact that Fritz’s introduction took just a few seconds. When Federer’s followed, crackling over the public address system, it was a condensed version of the Swiss star’s achievements. Even shortened, it took a full minute.
Now the match was on, and it was clear from the beginning that Federer considered Fritz dangerous. He had reason to. In that one and only meeting, in Stuttgart, Germany, in the summer of 2016, Federer had emerged victorious, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Hardly smooth sailing. Federer seemed determined not to let Fritz get that close again.
So, from the start, Federer displayed the fullness of his range. There were sharp angles and booming drives. There were heavily spinning forehands followed by balls that cut flat against the hot air. It was a level of play Federer will need if he is to win this tournament for a third straight time, and a seventh over all.
“It’s been a long time since I have gotten a beat-down like that,” Fritz told me, unspooling the entire experience once it was done. “It didn’t feel great, not at all.”
The first set took 20 minutes. Federer: 6-1.
In the second set, Fritz fared better. He began using the leverage from his 6-foot-4-inch frame. With Federer serving, Fritz nudged ahead in a key game. Federer responded with a pair of scorching forehand winners and a curveball ace.
“I get any of those points and I have a break point, a chance to break him and a chance to serve for the set,” Fritz said.
There was resignation in his eyes. But also a glint of hope. “Look, with someone as good as Roger, you know that might be the only chance you get,” Fritz said. “I can see now that you have to take it.”
He certainly did soak up the moment. He loved every part of playing in front of a crowd that large. He tried a bit of showmanship, on one point faking as if he was going down the line, then hitting crosscourt. Problem was, Federer caught up to the ball, responded with a fake of his own and hit a winner.
Fritz had been posterized.
“I tried to play with him,” he said, “and, well, he played me back.”
Then he spoke of his last stand. Of trying to simply survive. “Regroup, hold serve, hold serve,” he said he kept telling himself, like a mantra.
It didn’t work. Everyone could feel it, most notably his opponent. “Federer was rolling,” Fritz said. “I’ve seen it so many times before, on TV. Once he is in front, he smothers you.”
The end was inevitable. The final score: 6-2, 7-5, 6-2.
Next up for Federer is the round of 16, and another dangerous young player: Stefanos Tsitsipas, a 20-year-old from Greece, part of a group of 23-and-under men making waves in Melbourne. The American Frances Tiafoe, who turns 21 on Sunday, is in the fourth round of a major for the first time after following his upset of fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson with a five-set win over Andreas Seppi on Friday.
Taylor Fritz, meantime, will return to California, itching for more center courts, more Grand Slam tournaments, more matches against the very best. Against Federer, he experienced aspects of tennis that, if copied, will add significantly to his growth. How to disrupt timing. When to use angles. The way pouncing on the slimmest openings can change tone.
“This was such a learning experience for me,” he said. “I plan to take it and get better, get more comfortable in these moments, so I can play the way I know I can play. I plan to use this as a steppingstone.”B:
【晚】【上】。 【慕】【枫】【和】【陈】【晨】【去】【了】【他】【的】【住】【处】，【好】【家】【伙】，【地】【方】【倒】【是】【不】【错】，【三】【室】【一】【厅】【一】【厨】【一】【卫】，【估】【计】【至】【少】【得】【有】【一】【百】【三】【四】【十】【平】。 “【怎】【么】【样】**【哥】？【还】【满】【意】【不】？”【陈】【晨】【笑】【着】【问】【道】。 “【地】【方】【确】【实】【不】【错】，【够】【大】【够】【宽】【敞】，【你】【租】【的】？”【慕】【枫】【简】【单】【的】【打】【量】【了】【一】【下】【这】【个】【房】【间】，【心】【里】【十】【分】【满】【意】。 【陈】【晨】【摇】【了】【摇】【头】，【道】：“【不】【是】，【这】【房】【子】【是】【夏】【姐】
【宰】【了】【狄】【逸】【弑】【这】【种】【事】【情】【不】【过】【是】【燕】【沁】【过】【过】【嘴】【瘾】【罢】【了】，【且】【不】【说】【现】【在】【她】【灵】【力】【低】【微】【身】【中】【奇】【毒】，【若】【是】【她】【这】【里】【真】【将】【狄】【逸】【弑】【给】【杀】【了】，【保】【不】【齐】【她】【立】【刻】【魂】【飞】【魄】【散】。 【所】【以】【她】【自】【打】【到】【这】【里】，【除】【了】【陌】【上】【川】【外】【谁】【都】【没】【有】【过】【多】【接】【触】，【而】【她】【让】【陌】【上】【川】【知】【道】【的】【这】【些】【事】【情】，【都】【含】【混】【而】【过】，【无】【关】【生】【死】【性】【命】，【一】【时】【半】【刻】【倒】【也】【无】【妨】。 【陌】【上】【川】【打】【算】【亲】【自】【带】【人】【去】【通】【宇】【洲】，
【张】【可】【欣】【想】【起】【刚】【和】【秦】【琴】【见】【面】【时】【的】【场】【景】：“【你】【能】【想】【象】【得】【出】【秦】【琴】【瘦】【了】【以】【后】【是】【什】【么】【样】【子】【吗】，【我】【根】【本】【就】【没】【想】【过】【秦】【琴】【会】【瘦】【下】【来】，【秦】【琴】【来】【找】【我】【的】【时】【候】，【我】【愣】【是】【跟】【个】【傻】【子】【一】【样】【没】【反】【应】【过】【来】，【被】【秦】【琴】【那】【家】【伙】【笑】【话】【了】【好】【一】【阵】【子】，【她】【那】【个】【臭】【屁】【劲】【呀】，【真】【得】【好】【想】【揍】【她】。” “【秦】【琴】【瘦】【了】？”【沃】【琳】【也】【没】【想】【过】【这】【个】。 【曾】【经】【那】【么】【喜】【欢】【吃】【的】【人】，【如】【果】【瘦】管家婆马报软件下载【翌】【日】，【清】【晨】。 【百】【余】【名】【龙】【卫】，【均】【已】【归】【来】。 【此】【行】【只】【是】【折】【损】【三】【人】。 【但】【却】【有】【二】【十】【七】【人】，【炼】【就】【了】【神】【魔】【之】【体】。 【余】【下】【的】【龙】【卫】，【杀】【机】【鼎】【盛】，【血】【气】【冲】【霄】，【似】【乎】【也】【时】【刻】【能】【入】【神】【魔】【之】【境】。 “【大】【楚】【各】【地】【的】【官】【印】，【定】【一】【地】【民】【生】，【可】【借】【人】【间】【之】【力】。” “【而】【司】【天】【府】【的】【官】【印】，【似】【乎】【可】【以】【连】【接】【同】【法】【同】【源】【的】【修】【行】【者】，【集】【众】【之】【力】，【变】【得】【更】
【突】【然】【间】，【叶】【清】【羽】【意】【识】【到】【一】【件】【事】，【那】【就】【是】【变】【异】【植】【物】【突】【破】【五】【级】【之】【后】，【它】【们】【不】【但】【可】【以】【脱】【离】【土】【壤】，【就】【是】【开】【后】【结】【果】【的】【时】【间】，【也】【不】【再】【受】【季】【节】【的】【约】【束】，【而】【是】【随】【它】【们】【的】【心】【意】。【比】【如】【红】【灯】【笼】，【比】【如】【眼】【前】【的】【变】【异】【火】【龙】【果】。 【变】【异】【前】【的】【火】【龙】【果】【为】【多】【年】【生】【攀】【援】【性】【的】【多】【肉】【植】【物】。【无】【主】【根】，【其】【叶】【片】【已】【经】【退】【化】，【光】【合】【作】【用】【的】【功】【能】【由】【茎】【干】【承】【担】。 【叶】【清】【羽】
【我】【一】【直】【在】【尽】【量】【避】【免】【让】【本】【书】【太】【监】，【因】【为】【如】【果】【太】【监】，【就】【是】【这】【本】【书】【第】【二】【次】【被】【太】【监】【了】…… 【一】【本】【书】【两】【次】【太】【监】，【这】【可】【能】【也】【是】【一】【个】【奇】【葩】。 2012【年】【的】【时】【候】，【第】【一】【次】【动】【笔】，【写】【的】【就】【是】【这】【个】【故】【事】。 【当】【时】【因】【为】【是】【兼】【职】【写】，【成】【绩】【不】【好】，【就】【太】【监】【了】。 【这】【本】【书】【也】【成】【了】【我】【的】【一】【个】【执】【念】，【后】【面】【连】【续】【写】【了】【六】【七】【本】，【这】【个】【故】【事】【依】【旧】【想】【写】【完】。
“【或】【许】【我】【应】【该】【待】【会】【儿】【在】【来】？” 【如】【荡】【秋】【千】【一】【样】，【用】【钩】【索】【迅】【速】【到】【来】【的】【卡】【蜜】【尔】【在】【树】【枝】【上】【停】【下】、【目】【光】【促】【狭】，【手】【中】【的】【文】【件】【包】【随】【风】【摇】【晃】【不】【止】，【将】【凯】【特】【琳】【的】【目】【光】【彻】【底】【吸】【引】【过】【去】。 “【不】【用】【了】，【卡】【蜜】【尔】【女】【士】…【我】【们】【只】【是】【在】【玩】【闹】。” “【玩】【闹】【到】【掏】【枪】【的】【程】【度】【啊】…【洛】【比】【先】【生】，【皮】【城】【的】【警】【长】【大】【人】【可】【不】【是】【会】【轻】【易】【生】【气】【的】【人】。” “【抱】【歉】，