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Coric vs Mannarino ATP s-Hertogenbosch Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Coric battles Mannarino for s-Hertogenbosch final spot

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 15 Jun 2019
  • Borna Coric vs Adrian Mannarino is live from s-Hertogenbosch on Saturday, 15 June from 3:00pm local tome/ 2:00pm BST
  • Mannarino leads the head-to-head 2-0, including a meeting on grass in 2017
Borna Coric (PA Sport)

Borna Coric will attempt to get into his first final of the season when he takes on Frenchman, Adrian Mannarino in the semi-finals of the Libema Open in s-Hertogenbosh on Saturday.

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Coric is also looking to reach his second grass-court final, having won the Halle title last season (defeated Roger Federer in the final).

The Croatian was on the brink of elimination in his s-Hertogenbosch quarter final against rising Chilean, Cristian Garin on Friday, but he fought back from 2-5 down in the final set- a double break deficit- to record a 6-7 6-3 7-6 victory.

“It was obviously a very, very tough match as I was 2-5 down in the third set, a double break,” Coric said after the two-hour 30-minutes contest. “I was packing my bag on the changeover, but then I may be relaxed and played a little bit better. I turned the match around somehow. I’m not too tired and now I have 20 hours to recover.”

Coric looked down and out when he dropped his serve for the second time in the deciding set to trail 2-5, but he won 16 of the next 21 points to turn the match on its head and take a 6-5 lead. The 23-year-old still needed to save a match point in the tie break, but he won three straight points from 5-6 down to take the 14-point breaker, and the match.

Coric is into just his second semi-final of the season, with his only previous trip to the last four of an ATP event this year being in Dubai, where he defeated Jiri Vesely, Tomas Berdych and Nikoloz Basilashvili before falling to Roger Federer. It's been a season of steady accumulation rather than spectacular results as he has also made quarter finals in Miami, Monte Carlo and Budapest, and the fourth round of the Australian Open to build up a 19-10 record for the year, and maintain his top-15 status.

After a first round bye at s-Hertogenbosch, he took out Taylor Fritz in the second round, recovering from a set down to beat the big-serving American, 4-6 6-3 6-3. He then backed that up with another three-set win over Garin on Friday, setting up Saturday's meeting with Adrian Mannarino.

World No. 44, Mannarino is contesting his first semi-final of the season, following an impressive week that has featured victories over Thiemo de Bakker, Fernando Verdasco and David Goffin.

Mannarino blew away home wildcard, de Bakker for the loss of just three games in the opening round, before fighting back from a set down to beat Verdasco and Goffin in his next two matches.

The Frenchman had never beaten Goffin in their four previous meetings, and he looked on course for another defeat when he quickly slipped into a 0-4 deficit in Friday's quarter final. He lost the set 6-4, and twice trailed by a break in the second, but he somehow climbed out of that hole, winning four of the next five games from 4-3 down in the second set to take the set, before carving out a late break in the decider to score a 4-6 7-5 6-3 victory. 

Mannarino's only previous quarter final this season was at Delray Beach in February, in what was the only other tournament where he's won consecutive matches this year. He had begun his season on a 0-5 run before finally getting off the mark at Delray Beach, but he won just four matches in his next seven tour-level meets, leading up to his run at s-Hertogenbosch. 

The 30-year-old generally plays his best tennis on grass- he has made the Antalya final in each of the last two seasons, and has been to the fourth round at Wimbledon on three occasions, including the 2017 and 2018 seasons. After a poor year, he has come alive again on grass, and will attempt to reach his seventh tour-level final when he plays Coric on Saturday.

Mannarino possesses a 2-0 record against Coric, and won their only previous meeting in grass, but both of those matches were in 2017- Coric has become a much better player since then, particularly beefing up his serve, which has yielded better results on grass.

Mannarino has had a superb week, and will be very confident and tough to beat with his leftie angles and flat groundstrokes, but he doesn't necessarily hit people off the court, and I think Coric is disciplined enough to hang in their and dig out a tough win.

Borna Coric vs Adrian Mannarino is live from s-Hertogenbosch on Saturday, 15 June from 3:00pm local tome/ 2:00pm BST

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Coric vs Mannarino ATP s-Hertogenbosch Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Coric battles Mannarino for s-Hertogenbosch final spot

Borna Coric and Adrian Mannarino meet in s-Hertogenbosch on Saturday with a spot in the final on the line. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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