Second seed Borna Coric started his grass-court season with a comeback win on Wednesday at the Libema Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The reigning NOVENTI OPEN champion in Halle (d. Federer) beat American Taylor Fritz 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to make the quarter-finals of the ATP 250 event.
Coric, who fell in the third round at Roland Garros (l. to Struff), eventually made inroads on Fritz’s serve after the American won all 12 of his first-service points in the opening set. In the final two sets, Coric, who didn’t earn a break point in the opener, converted all three break points he saw. The 22-year-old will next meet seventh seed Cristian Garin or home favourite Robin Haase. Their second-round match was postponed until Thursday because of rain with Garin leading 7-5, 2-3.
Third seed Alex de Minaur won his second match in the past four months, beating Italian Andreas Seppi 7-5, 6-3. De Minaur has struggled with a hip injury and is 2-5 since March.
The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals runner-up will next meet countryman Jordan Thompson, who upset sixth-seeded #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-2. Thompson was 1-11 at tour-level in 2018, but is already 16-11 this season and is into his fourth tour-level quarter-final of the year.
Source: ATP World Tour