ST PETERSBURG, Sept 20 (Croatia Sun News) – After 2 hours and 3 minutes of play, Croatian tennis player Borna Coric advanced to the semifinals of the ATP tournament in St. Petersburg, having beaten Norway’s Casper Ruud (ATP-60) in the quarterfinals 3: 6, 7: 5, 6: 3.
In the first set, it was virtually impossible to get a chance to break, while there was only a single opportunity in the fourth match, which was taken advantage of by the 20-year-old Norwegian tennis player.
Coric, however, found a way to threaten him in the second set – when Casper Ruud was up to serve, he had one break ball in the second and fourth games, but to no avail. It cost him a loss of service in the fifth game, but he immediately returned it.
In the eighth, he missed another opportunity to break, but Coric stayed focused, and along with a 6: 5 lead a new opportunity emerged, which he took full advantage of. He managed to score a set point off of Ruud’s serve and entered the decisive third set.
Both players in the deciding set were safe on their serve, but in the sixth game Coric got the better of Ruud and managed to break and lead 5: 2, and calmly went on to lock the match to his advantage.
Coric will play in the semifinals against the winner of the match between Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukuskin and Portugal’s Joao Souse.
(Source: Croatia Sun News)