18-year-old Fritz into ATP Memphis final

Teenager Taylor Fritz beat Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 2-6 6-3 6-4 on Saturday to reach the Memphis Open final, becoming the youngest American to reach a final since Michael Chang in 1989.

The 18-year-old Fritz, from Rancho Sante Fe, California, already had made a mark as the youngest American to reach an ATP semi-final since Chang won Wembley in 1989 at age 17.

Now Fritz will play either three-time defending champ Kei Nishikori or 2010 Memphis champ Sam Querrey on Sunday.

“It’s crazy what four tennis matches can achieve,” Fritz said.

This is just the third ATP Tour event for Fritz, who made an ATP semi-final in quicker time than grand slam winners Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Chang who each reached their first semifinal in their fourth career ATP tournaments.

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