Roger Federer to face American teen Taylor Fritz

Teenager Taylor Fritz earned the chance to face his hero Roger Federer after the American defeated an unranked French qualifier on Tuesday to reach the second round in Stuttgart.
Roger Federer to face American teen Taylor Fritz
Taylor Fritz
Federer will be playing his first match in nearly a month after recovering from back pain and skipping the French Open, as he ramps up his preparations for Wimbledon. Number 65 Fritz has had time on court with the Swiss legend -- a Wimbledon training session a year ago -- but booked his place into the match of his life with a 3-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-1 win over Fabrice Martin on the grass at the Weissenhof Club. 
Fritz, 18, said he will not worry with nerves when he faces one of the best players on the planet. “I have nothing to lose, there is no pressure on me, I don’t think there will be any nerves.” The teenager said he had watched and admired Federer as a boy aged 11. 
“I never thought then that I’d be playing Federer in singles and teaming with (Juan Martin) Del Potro in doubles (this week). “I cannot remember the first time I heard the name of Federer or saw him on TV. But it’s amazing to play him in the next round. I grew up in the generation when he was just dominating everyone. It’s crazy to be stepping onto the court with him, I never thought that would happen,” he added. 

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