Djokovic saves 4 set points, beats Coric for Vienna quarter

Ruben Hill
October 28, 2020

After defeating Filip Krajinovic in the first round, Djokovic took a vital step towards cementing his name in the record books with a 7-6 (13-11) 6-3 victory over Coric on Wednesday.

Djokovic can lock up the top position by winning the title on Sunday.

He is seeking a fifth title of the year and next faces either Poland's Hubert Hurkacz or Italian lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego.

Coric had lost the three previous encounters with Djokovic but earned four set points in the tiebreak, only for the Serb to somehow escape, even hitting the line with a victor when 9-10 down.

Coric missed four set points in the 18-minute tiebreaker, including one on his own serve when he hit a forehand wide.

The pair traded blows in an epic opening set which lasted just under two hours - Djokovic eventually coming out on top in a thrilling tie-break after Coric dropped serve for a third time. Obviously Borna is a great fighter.

"I think that as long as the body supports him, he has enthusiasm and works every day as he is doing, because every time he plays better tennis, because we really have Rafa left for a few years". From the backhand corner [he's] very solid [and he is] trying to create points with his forehand.

Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam title victor, is playing his first tournament since his straight sets loss to Nadal in the Roland Garros final over two weeks ago. The Croatian had three break balls that he did not take advantage of and another three from set in the tremendous tie-break that was resolved after 24 points. "It was very hard for me to return his serve". Tsitsipas beat Struff 6-7 (3), 6-4 and 6-4 and Pospisil with Auger-Aliassime (double 7-5).

Medvedev advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Jason Lung, who replaced the injured Alex De Minaur.

Also, Jannik Sinner defeated Caspar Ruud 7-6 (2), 6-3 to set up a match against Andrey Rublev.

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