Coric Gets The Better of Zverev Again
Coric had won two of their three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings but had lost their last contest, in the quarter-finals of the Miami Open presented by Itau. Zverev, meanwhile, was coming off his best Grand Slam finish, a quarter-final run at Roland Garros.
But the 21-year-old Croatian rolled past Zverev, benefitting from some loose errors from the German – 32 in total – and staying focused against the second seed. Coric fell behind 15/40 while serving for the first set but came back to take the opener on his racquet.
The Croatian, who was controlling baseline rallies with his backhand, was then broken while serving for the match at 5-2 but remained calm and secured the win in the 10th game.
Coric had his best start to a season earlier this year, reaching the semi-finals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the quarter-finals in Doha, Dubai and Miami. He looks ready to return to the quarter-finals this week in Halle. The 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals semi-finalist will meet Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili or 17-year-old German Rudolf Molleker.
Greece's #NextGenATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas, playing at a career-high No. 35 in the ATP Rankings, upset fifth seed and 2017 MercedesCup champion Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6(3). Tsitsipas will next meet American qualifier Denis Kudla.
Germany's Florian Mayer, 2016 Halle champion (d. Zverev), needed only 62 minutes to beat eighth seed Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-2. Gasquet won the grass-court Libema Open in The Netherlands on Sunday. Mayer will next play Italian Andreas Seppi, who beat countryman Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 7-5.
Second Seeds Advance In Halle
In doubles action, second seeds Nikola Mektic/Alexander Peya beat German wild cards Philipp Kohlschreiber/Philipp Petzschner 6-2, 6-4. Dominic Inglot/Franko Skugor advanced past Steve Johnson/Dominic Thiem 7-6(2), 6-7(5), 10-6. Marcel Granollers/Robin Haase were also victorious, beating the Japanese team of Ben McLachlan/Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6(3).