Aslan Karatsev reveals keys to first San Diego Open win
World number 24 Aslan Karatsev admitted he was “quite aggressive” against Federico Delbonis but admitted he was tired towards the end of the match. Karatsev, who reached the Australian Open semifinal as a qualifier earlier this year, started his campaign at the San Diego Open with a 6-1 7-5 victory over Delbonis.
Karatsev made a quick start to the match, having broken Delbonis twice to easily win the first match. Karatsev took a break at the start of the second set, but he again beat Delbonis in the 11th game and served for the match in the 12th game.
“I was pretty aggressive in this game. In the first set I was light with my feet, then in the second set I had a bit of trouble with my serve game, ”said Karatsev. “I broke it, then I lost my serve and I found the opportunity to break it again at 5-5.
In the end, I was a little tired, but overall I had a very good game ”.
Taylor Fritz joins Karatsev in the winner’s circle
American tennis star Fritz also got off to a good start in his campaign in San Diego, beating Salvatore Caruso 6-4 7-6 (2).
“I didn’t feel like I was in danger of breaking myself. I served well in the first set, it was just the break and the second set… I played a really good tie-break, ”said Fritz. “I played tournaments every weekend growing up here so it’s great to be back home.
After a few weeks off after the [US] Open, it’s really good to have a solid game, to play well. Fritz was happy with the way he found his places on the pitch. “I touched my places really well,” said Fritz.
“I have days where my serve percentage is pretty good but I don’t necessarily get my points and my serve is coming back, but I hit my points really well today and I supported it very well when the serves came back”.