ATP US Open: Borna Coric downs Jordan Thompson to set Alexander Zverev clash



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ATP US Open: Borna Coric downs Jordan Thompson to set Alexander Zverev clash

The 27th seed Borna Coric will compete in his first Major quarter-final following a 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Jordan Thompson in two hours and eight minutes. The Croat didn't make a good start of the season, reaching the semi-final in Rio de Janeiro and suffering early losses in other events.

Here in New York, Borna needed every atom of strength built during the coronavirus outbreak, toppling Juan Ignacio Londero and Stefanos Tsitsipas (the match of the tournament so far) in just under nine hours to find himself in the fourth round.

Two days after that great clash with Tsitsipas, Borna had the upper hand against Thompson for his career-best result at Majors, facing two break points and giving serve away once. On the other hand, the Croat stole almost half of the return points, delivering six breaks from 11 opportunities to seal the deal in style and set the clash against Alexander Zverev.

Borna had 31 winners and unforced errors, taming his strokes nicely and gathering momentum after a tight opening set to propel himself over the finish line. The Croat secured the first break in the third game following a loose forehand from Thompson, wasting more opportunities in the seventh game and surviving four deuces at 4-3 to remain in front.

Serving for the set at 5-4, Coric lost focus a bit, suffering a break at 15 to bring Jordan back to 5-5 thanks to a wild forehand. With no sign of nerves, Borna grabbed a break at love at 5-5 and held after deuce in game 12 for a 7-5 in 54 minutes.

Coric was the only player on the court in set number two, hitting only three unforced errors and dominating on the return to grab three straight breaks.

Borna Coric will compete in his first Major quarter-final in New York.

Thompson wasted a game point at 1-1 and sent another forehand long to get broken, suffering another one following more forehand errors in game five. Borna saved a break point in the sixth game and sealed the set a few minutes later with a return winner for a 6-1.

Carried by a massive lead, Coric became more aggressive in the third set, dropping six points behind the initial shot and keeping the pressure on the other side of the net. Jordan raised his level in comparison to the previous set but it wasn't enough to keep him safe, suffering a break at love in game six when his backhand hit the net.

Coric held at 30 with a service winner to open a 5-2 gap, sealing the deal with a forehand down the line winner in game nine that pushed him into the last eight.