Coric Steps Up Halle Bid, Reaches QFs
Croatian will play 2015 finalist Seppi on Friday
Coric, in just his 11th match on the surface (4-7 lifetime), knocked out Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2, putting the Georgian lucky loser under pressure throughout the 79-minute encounter. The 21-year-old, who is now 100-96 in tour-level matches, will next challenge 2015 runner-up Andreas Seppi of Italy.
Coric won 81 per cent of his first serves and hit 20 winners in his second victory over Basilashvili in 2018 (also Qatar ExxonMobil Open). On Tuesday, the Croatian beat second seed Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-4 in what he described as his “best grass-court performance”.
Andrew Seppi completed the day’s play with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over 2016 champion Florian Mayer of Germany in one hour. The Italian struck 10 aces and won 83 per cent of his first-service points.
Seppi, who lost to Roger Federer in the 2015 final, has a 1-2 record in grass-court finals. His first ATP World Tour title came on the surface in June 2011 at the Nature Valley International (d. Tipsarevic) and he was runner-up at the same tournament in 2012 (l. to Roddick).