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Fritz, Paul to face off in all-American semi at Mexican Open

Rolex Paris Master Tennis Tournament - Day 1

Taylor Fritz during his match against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on the center court in Rolex Paris Masters tennis tournament 2022 day one. (Photo by Ibrahim Ezzat/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Taylor Fritz defeated fellow American Francis Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the semifinal round of the Mexican Open.

The fifth-ranked Fritz has a six-match winning streak against Tiafoe. He advanced to face another American, Tommy Paul, in one of the semifinals.

It’ll be just the second all-American semifinal matchup in the 30-year history of the Mexican event. Fritz faced John Isner in 2020, when he was the runner-up.

The winner of the Fritz-Paul match will become the third American to reach the Mexican final. Besides Fritz, Sam Querrey won the tournament in 2017.

Fritz is in his second semifinal of the season and is trying to capture his second title after winning at Delray Beach.

In the other side of the bracket, Alex De Minaur breezed past Taro Daniel 6-2, 6-2 to reach the semifinals. The eighth-seeded Australian will face Hulger Rune, who moved on to the semifinal when Matteo Berrettini retired in the second set after falling behind 6-0, 1-0.