First set: *Coric 1-1 Zverev
Zverev answers with a love hold of his own: 138mph ace down the middle, 132mph ace out wide, 121mph service winner out wide and a booming forehand winner from the baseline early in the point.
First set: Coric 1-0 Zverev* (*denotes next server)
Coric holds at love to start, cracking a 124mph service winner down the pipe along the way.
Though he’s yet to crack the ATP top 10 – peaking at No 12 in the rankings toward the end of 2018 – Coric has won 14 career matches against top-10 opponents. The most recent came in the third round of this year’s US Open when he rallied from two-sets-to-one and 5-1 down in the fourth set, saving six match points to upset world No 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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The players have taken the court for today’s first men’s semi-final. Coric holds a 3-1 edge in the head-to-head series with fellow 23-year-old Zverev, including a four-set upset win in the second round the 2017 US Open where he saved 10 of 11 break points.
Their history at Flushing Meadows goes back even further. They faced off as 16-year-olds in the 2013 US Open boys’ singles semi-finals with Coric winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 en route to the title, which vaulted him to No 1 in the world junior rankings. They grow up so fast!
Hello and welcome to Arthur Ashe Stadium for the start of today’s US Open quarter-finals. Jennifer Brady of the United States has finished off a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva to reach her first career major semi-final. She will face the winner of tonight’s second women’s quarter between Naomi Osaka and Shelby Rogers for a place in Saturday’s final.
Next on Ashe is the first men’s quarter-final match between No 27 seed Borna Coric and fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev. The players should be on court shortly and we’ll pick it up with game-by-game coverage from there.
Bryan will be here shortly, in the meantime here are his thoughts on the Novak Djokovic saga:
A US Open bound to be remembered for oddities like empty stadiums, social distancing and bubbles within bubbles took its strangest detour yet on a sweltering Sunday afternoon in Queens when Novak Djokovic, the best player in the world and top seed in the men’s draw, was defaulted from his fourth-round match with Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta after accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball struck in a moment of ill temper.
he shock expulsion was, as the USTA’s statement quickly clarified, the correct decision regardless of Djokovic’s intent, and one that has further rocked a tournament already compromised by absent holders and watered-down fields. We may be through with 2020, but 2020 ain’t through with us.
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