Can Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Borna Coric to reach the fourth round of the US Open for the first time? Tsitsipas…
Can Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Borna Coric to reach the fourth round of the US Open for the first time?
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Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas has yet to drop a set at this year’s US Open, the first edition of the tournament at which he has succeeded in winning back-to-back matches.
The Greek looks for his first last-16 berth in New York as he takes on Borna Coric, hoping to make the fourth round of the US Open for the second time.
Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.
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Tsitsipas vs Coric: Head-to-head
There has only been one previous match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Borna Coric, and that ended when Coric retired trailing 1-4 at the Rome Masters in 2018.
Tsitsipas vs Coric: Preview
World no. 6 Tsitsipas had never won back-to-back matches at the US Open before this year, but he had good preparation at the Western & Southern Open last week when he beat a succession of big servers to reach the semifinals before losing to Milos Raonic. And he had a good draw – one that’s getting better, too: The winner of his third-round clash with Coric won’t have to face a seeded player but instead either Jordan Thompson or Mikhail Kukushkin.
Tsitsipas, who was unlucky to have to face Andrey Rublev in the first round last year, has yet to drop a set at this year’s US Open, dusting two very different players in straights to reach the last 32: First veteran Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who it has to be said didn’t really look prepared to play, then wildcard Maxime Cressy, an American wildcard who turned out to be a serve-and-volley player. It’s rare that someone steals Tsitsipas’s thunder at the net that way, but the ATP Finals champion turned out to be more than capable of dealing with it, seeing off Cressy 7-6(2), 6-3, 6-4 in two and a half hours. He saved all four break points he faced, and has yet to be broken at this year’s US Open.
Given Cressy’s game, and the type of players he faced at the Western & Southern Open last week – Kevin Anderson, John Isner, Reilly Opelka and Raonic – Tsitsipas has clearly got into a good groove when it comes to taking on big servers who keep points short on these fast courts.
Borna Coric will be a complete change of pace. The 23-year-old is much more in the baselining, even counterpunching mould. Two years older than Tsitsipas, Coric had his breakthrough all the way back in 2014 when he reached the semifinals of Basel, but it’s been an up-and-down ride since then for the Croatian as injury and inconsistency intervened.
Coric had his best season in 2018 when he reached world no. 12 after winning Halle, finishing runner-up in Shanghai and making the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters (beating Roger Federer twice in the process). His 27-22 season in 2019 was a bit of a letdown by comparison, although it still had some highlights (having to give a walkover in the second round of the US Open not being one of them).
Coric went 1-5 in his first three tournaments of 2020, losing in the first round of the Australian Open to Sam Querrey, and had only just started to find his feet with a run to the semifinals of Santiago before the ATP Tour shut down. One of the unlucky players to contract COVID-19 during the hiatus, Coric doesn’t seem to have been too badly hit by it; he lost to David Goffin at the Western & Southern Open after beating an off-colour Benoit Paire, who ultimately retired after losing the first seven games of the match, but any lingering physical weakness would have been exposed by his second-round battle with Juan Ignacio Londero. Coric had to come back from two sets to one down in the four-hour, 22-minute match.
This will be the first real meeting between Tsitsipas and Coric, and while Coric’s game can be effective against aggressive players as he soaks up pressure with his excellent movement and defense before transitioning into attack, he hasn’t really shown very good form recently. I think the Croatian will take a set, but a disciplined attacking performance from Tsitsipas should see him neatly into the last 16.