Borna Coric defeats Felix Auger Aliassime in Cincinnati –

Tennis News: Days after beating Rafael Nadal, Borna Coric showed a solid game at the Cincinnati Open (Western & Southern Open) by advancing to the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 tournament for the first time since the 2019 season .

The tennis player, who only returned to action in March after undergoing shoulder surgery, managed to bag a convincing 6-4, 6-4 win over Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime in the quarter-finals. Cincinnati Open final.

The world No. 152 is the second-lowest-ranked semi-finalist at the Cincinnati Open since 1973 and the third-lowest-ranked player to be a semi-finalist in a Masters 1000 tournament since the tournament began in 1990. But she won’t hold that record for much longer as she will drop to world number 66 with this week’s results and could climb to world number 29 if he wins the first Masters 1000 title of his career.

When asked how he found such a high level of play after a disappointing loss to compatriot Marin Cilic in the first round of the Canadian Open in Montreal last week, the world number 152 cited the hard work at the training that helped him after the loss in Montreal.

“Honestly, I’m not sure, because last week I played really badly,” admitted Coric. “I’ve been training hard since last week. I lost the first day and decided to train a lot. I spend a lot of time on the pitch, so I think that’s key. I played a lot of sets and I was trying to find my game.”

The Croatian’s victory in the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Open was built on an almost flawless performance from her first serve. He won 97% of his first serve points and faced no break point opportunities in a game that lasted 1 hour 40 minutes. He was never forced into a two either and he freely returned the ball.

“I just arrived in Cincinnati and I’m just motivated to serve really well,” Coric added of his convincing form this week.

“I don’t want to say I was too good because in the next game I might not serve as well. So I would say it’s pretty solid. I served a lot last week “I took that risk with my shoulder. I never know how much I can serve, but I take a risk and I train very hard.

With victories over Nadal and Auger Aliassime, Coric has beaten two of the top 10 players in a tournament for the third time in his career. In the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open, he will face one of the players higher ranked than him, namely Carlos Alcaraz or Cameron Norrie.

Despite the loss, Auger Aliassime moved up his chances of making his ATP Finals debut by moving up to sixth in the ATP Race to Turin rankings thanks to a trip to the Cincinnati Open this week.

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