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Anderson vs Coric ATP Vienna Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Anderson faces tough Coric test in Vienna quarters

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 25 Oct 2018
  • Kevin Anderson vs Borna Coric is live from Vienna on Friday, 26 October from 4:30pm local time/ 3:30pm BST
  • Anderson leads 3-1 on head-to-head, but Coric won their most recent meeting at Roland Garros
Kevin Anderson. (Photo by HANS PUNZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Kevin Anderson continues his Vienna bid, and his push for a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals on Friday when he takes on Croatian young gun, Borna Coric- who also harbours London hopes- in the quarter finals of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. 

Anderson's route to London is a lot more clear-cut than Coric's, as the South African will qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time in his career should he win the title in Vienna.

Anderson has come through two very contrasting rounds in Vienna- after battling from a set down and saving match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the opening round, the Wimbledon finalist wasn't required to get on court at all in the second round, as home veteran, Jurgen Melzer pulled out of their scheduled meeting due to health reasons.

Anderson arrived Vienna on a three-match losing streak in the tournament, having lost to Steve Johnson in the quarter finals in 2015, and suffered consecutive opening round defeats to Viktor Troicki and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The 32-year-old stood on the brink of another first-round exit when he trailed Basilashvili by a set and 5-6 in the second set the break, but Anderson hauled himself out of trouble by winning the next three points, forcing a final set, before claiming the last four games of the deciding set to record a 4-6 7-6 6-2 victory.

It was always going to be a difficult opening round for Anderson, as Basilashvili had been in fine form in the second half of 2018, winning ATP 500 titles in Hamburg and Beijing, and taking a set of Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the US Open. If Anderson was unlucky to have drawn Basilashvili in the first round, he certainly got his fair dose of fortune in the second round, as Melzer pulled out of the tournament.

Anderson is looking to reach his seventh semi-final of a fantastic season, the highlight of which has got to be his run to the Wimbledon final, having come from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in the quarter finals, and survived an intriguing marathon against John Isner in the semis.

His only title of the year (so far) came in New York, while he also made finals in Pune and Acapulco. Worth mentioning are his first ever Masters 1000 semi-finals in Madrid and Toronto, while he also reached quarter-final at Indian Wells, Miami Shanghai and Tokyo in a very consistent campaign.

Speaking of fantastic seasons, how about Borna Coric's? The Croatian has always been one of the best of the young guns, but he has stepped it up to a totally different level in 2018, so much so that he is still got a fighting chance of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals in London.

Borna Coric. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
The improvements in his game, particularly his serve and forehand, have been alarming, and he certainly caught many people by surprise. A steady start to the season, featuring quarter finals in Doha and Dubai, almost went unnoticed, but he properly burst into life with a semi-final final at Indian Wells- beating Anderson in the last eight to move into his first semi-final at Masters 1000 level. Coric established several winning positions against Roger Federer in that semi-final, but he just could not finish the job, as the great Swiss escaped with a 5-7 6-4 6-4 victory.

He might have fallen just short against Federer at Indian Wells, but he would score two massive wins over the Swiss later in the season- the first in the Halle final as he claimed his first ATP 500 title, and the second in the Cincinnati semi-final as he advanced to his first Masters 1000 final. He couldn't get over the line in Cincinnati, as he ran into the Novak Djokovic wall in the title match.

Coric also produced his best Grand Slam performance in 2018, reaching the fourth round of the US Open, while he made the quarter finals in Miami in another eye-catching result.

He has come through a couple of three-setters to make the last eight in Vienna- beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7 6-0 6-4 in the first round, before recording an almost identical 4-6 6-0 6-4 victory over last year's champion, Lucas Pouille in the second round.

Prior to his victory over Anderson at Indian Wells, Coric had not taken a set off the South African in three previous matches, but he's turned things around this year, and goes into Friday's quarter final with a genuine shot at taking down the second seed.

Like I mentioned earlier, Coric has made great improvements on his serve and forehand this season, while his backhand has always been brilliant. He's going to be favourite in baseline exchanges with Anderson, hence the South African, who sent down 25 aces in his opening match against Basilashvili, has got to have an excellent serving day to hold off the Croatian young gun.

Kevin Anderson vs Borna Coric is live from Vienna on Friday, 26 October from 4:30pm local time/ 3:30pm BST

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Anderson vs Coric ATP Vienna Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Anderson faces tough Coric test in Vienna quarters

Kevin Anderson takes on Borna Coric in the quarter finals of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Friday. Can the South African serve his way past the Croatian? Read our previewp predictions and stream the match live online.

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