Coric Saves 1 M.P. To Reach 's-Hertogenbosch Semi-finals
NEWS SOURCE: ATP News
Borna Coric lived to fight another day on Friday when he saved one match point to edge into the Libema Open semi-finals. The second-seeded Croatian recovered from 2-5 down in the third set to knock out seventh seed Cristian Garin of Chile 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(6) in two hours and 30 minutes.
Coric fought back and saved one match point with his 16th ace of the match at 5/6 in the deciding set tie-break to set up a clash against fifth-seeded Belgian David Goffin or Adrian Mannarino of France.
Almost 12 months ago, Coric lifted his second ATP Tour trophy with victory over Roger Federer in the Noventi Open final in Halle. The 22-year-old reached the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semi-finals in February and is now 19-10 in 2019.
The 23-year-old Garin was unable to convert two break points on Coric’s serve at 5-5, 15/40, but won six of the first seven points in the tie-break and eventually closed out on his fourth set point. Two groundstroke errors from Garin saw Coric break twice — at 3-3 and 3-5 — in the second set, before the World No. 32 bounced back to lead 5-2 in the decider. Coric then won 16 of the next 21 points to lead 6-5.
In a little more than four months, Garin has risen from No. 95 in the ATP Rankings on 4 February to a career-high No. 32. He has compiled a 22-9 match record in 2019, including two ATP Tour titles at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship (d. Ruud) and at the BMW Open by FWU (d. Berrettini). He also reached the Brasil Open final in Sao Paulo (l. to Pella).
Earlier in the day, defending champion Richard Gasquet completed a 6-4, 6-3 second-round win over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in 84 minutes. The eighth seed led 6-4, 1-2 when play was suspended on Thursday.
Gasquet now plays Chile’s Nicolas Jarry in the quarter-finals later today. Elsewhere, Alex de Minaur, the third seed, takes on fellow Australian Jordan Thompson.
POSTED ON June 14, 2019