Fritz defeats Zverev to reach BNP semis

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Taylor Fritz beat No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Friday to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in front of a hometown crowd, scoring the biggest win of his young career.

Fritz rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the third set by winning four of five games - when Zverev held two match points - to force the tiebreaker. He raced to a 6-1 lead and won it on his third match point when Zverev's forehand landed beyond the baseline.

"I kept fighting," Fritz said. "The crowd pushing me on meant so much."

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