After losing to Novak Djokovic, who was battling with an abdominal injury, 7-6(1), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2 at the Australian Open on Friday, Taylor Fritz stated that the World No. 1 and his Big Three rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are “built differently” and born to be great tennis players.
“I think a lot of it is just the desire and the passion and wanting it, and I don’t think it’s something that these guys develop,” said Fritz. “I think it’s something that you’re born with. They’re just kind of built differently.”
After losing to Djokovic, Fritz is now 0-6 in third round matches at Grand Slam championships.
“I think that I want it just as bad, and I have the passion and desire just as much, but I still need to develop my game so I can show it. It doesn’t matter how bad you want it, if you’re not better than the other person.
“I think these guys, they just want it… It’s something that people have or they don’t have, and that’s what makes someone a champion.”
Fritz, the No. 27 seed, beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Australian Open first round and overcame his fellow American Reilly Opelka in five sets in the second round.