Saturday, September 05, 2020

The Croat Comeback Kid

Wow, did you see that? Borna Coric pulled off a great escape tonight, saving six match points while rallying to beat fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas and advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Coric's 6-7 (2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) victory was his second straight that went to five sets and lasted more than four hours. 


The No. 27 seed got treatment on his right shoulder and neck after the first set. Down 5-1 in the fourth set, he broke Tsitsipas three straight times, fighting off six break points along the way. Although I didn't see the whole thing, at some point in the third set tension apparently arose between the two -- apparently Borna didn't like Stefanos's yelling and carrying on -- and it was remained palpably uncomfortable throughout the fourth and fifth sets. It's been a rough year or two for the Croatian cutie -- couldn't be happier for him even if I don't like seeing Stefanos fall apart like that. Between him and Taylor "I served for the match" Fritz earlier today, my faith in the NextGen has only grown fainter.


David K said...

that was a great match!!!

Steve said...

Great win for Coric, but why does he shave his legs and chest?