Taylor Fritz, the top-ranked American tennis player from his country, will miss his third appearance for Madrid after withdrawing late from the tournament with a left foot injury.
Fritz, 13th in the world ranking, arrived in Madrid this week and has been drawn to face Jenson Brooksby in the first round. On Saturday afternoon, Fritz withdrew from the tournament.
Fritz failed to pass the Madrid qualifier in 2016 and 2018, but made his Madrid main draw debut in 2019. Fritz reached the second round of Madrid in 2019, before suffering a first round elimination from the tournament the year. last.
He has played two tournaments so far this season on clay. He reached the quarterfinals in Houston in his first clay-court tournament of the year, before also reaching the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo.
Fritz lost to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his last match.
Fritz won Indian Wells against Rafael Nadal
After winning Indian Wells, Fritz hoped to have a good run at the Monte Carlo Masters.
He was progressing well in Monte Carlo, but ran into Davidovich Fokina. Fritz got off to a good start in the Monte Carlo quarterfinals, but Davidovich Fokina recovered to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Fritz saved two break points in game one and two break points in game three, before taking the first break in game four to take a 3-1 lead. Fritz saved a break point in game five and another break point in game seven, before breaking Davidovich Fokina in game eight to seal the first set.
After losing the first set, Davidovich Fokina got his first break of the match in the ninth game of the second set. Davidovich Fokina saved three break points in the next game, before scoring his second set point to force a deciding set.
In the third set, Davidovich Fokina lost serve once, but Fritz broke three times for a return winner. Whether Fritz will be ready to return to action at the Rome Masters remains to be seen.