Alexander Zverev has a golden opportunity at the US Open – if he can overturn a losing record against quarterfinal…
Alexander Zverev has a golden opportunity at the US Open – if he can overturn a losing record against quarterfinal opponent Borna Coric.
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A semifinalist at the Australian Open in January, Germany’s Alexander Zverev has a chance to match that result at the US Open – and with no Novak Djokovic blocking the way to the final, possibly go further and finally reach that Grand Slam title match it feels like he’s always been destined for.
But standing in Zverev’s way is Borna Coric, the determined Croatian who saved six match points earlier in the tournament and has a winning record against the German.
Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.
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Zverev vs Coric: Head-to-head
Borna Coric leads the head-to-head 3-1. He won their first two matches in 2015 and at the US Open in 2017 before Zverev beat him at the Miami Masters in 2018. Coric won their most recent meeting, which came on grass in Halle in 2018.
Zverev vs Coric: Preview
As with Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta, the player who trails 1-3 in the head-to-head is actually favoured to win this and that’s Sascha Zverev.
Not many people would have predicted him reaching a semifinal, not with Stefanos Tsitsipas as his projected quarterfinal opponent, but Tsitsipas fell victim to Coric and his own failure to convert one of six match points he held against the Croatian earlier in the tournament.
Zverev looked to have a tougher draw than Tsitsipas coming into the US Open, but it’s the German who’s still here after four rounds, and he hasn’t once gone to five sets – a significant improvement on some of his other major campaigns. He dropped sets against Kevin Anderson, Brandon Nakashima and Adrian Mannarino before taking care of business in efficient straight sets against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who was troubled with a foot injury, in the last 16.
It’s been decent, but Zverev has yet to really shine for me at this tournament, and the chances are he’ll have to do just that against Coric. The Croatian might regret the energy he expended against Juan Ignacio Londero in the second round, going five sets with the Argentine; coupled with the Tsitsipas match, that’s a lot of emotional energy expended as much as physical and Coric does have a history filled with injuries. The 23-year-old dominated proceedings among Jordan Thompson, and as aforementioned, he has a very good record against Zverev; I don’t find it hard to see why, because Zverev has a tendency to sit back and rally, trying to outgrind his opponent and waiting for errors. Not only does Coric not tend to give up errors in the kind of numbers that would make this a winning strategy, but he’s all too likely to take the opportunity to come in and attack.
Big serving will be key for Zverev: Big serving and a proactive attitude. I think it will be a long match, and he’ll find himself having to outlast Coric as anything, but the German has a real opportunity here. I don’t think he’ll waste it.