ATP Mutua Madrid Open: Borna Coric knocks out World No.1 Andy Murray

Tennis - ATP 1000 Masters - Madrid Open - Andy Murray of Britain v Borna Coric of Croatia - Madrid, Spain - 11/5/17- Murray wipes his face during the match. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

It has been an astonishing Day 4 at the ATP 1000 Madrid Clay Masters. The match between the highest seeded player and lowest seeded player, i.e. the world number 1, Andy Murray and the lucky loser Borna Coric, was won by the NextGen star, Borna Coric, in straight sets. Murray has failed to keep up with his game at times, with a win-loss record of 15-5, year to date. Borna Coric has made to the second quarter-final of the year, first being at Marrakech, where he won the title, defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final.

Another NextGen player, Alexander Zverev, who has had a brilliant fortnight this month, defeated Tomas Berdych, en route to the semi-final, in straight sets. In mere 75 minutes, the seed number 11 was knocked by the younger Zverev brother. Having won the title at Montpellier and Estoril, 20-year-old has become a strong contender this season.

Having played amazing at The Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Pablo Cuevas registered his first top 10 win for the year. He made it to the semi-finals, as he defeated Benoit Paire in 3 sets. The first set was won by Paire, 7-5, as Cuevas lost his last service game in the set. Surprisingly, he broke, and didn’t only break back, but also bageled Paire in the second set, with facing a break-point in 4/6 games. In the decider also, Paire didn’t make any further efforts, and lost the set, 1-6.

The seeded players, who survived today, are [8] Dominic Thiem, [9] David Goffin, [6] Kei Nishikori and [2] Novak Djokovic, who defeated [12] Grigor Dimitrov, [5] Milos Raonic, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez respectively. It was Novak Djokovic’s first match after the ATP 1000 Masters Indian Wells, that he won a match in 2 sets. The four unseeded semi-finalists, Borna Coric, Pablo Cuevas, and Alexander Zverev have won at least a title each on clay this year, at Marrakech, Brasil Open, Estoril respectively.

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