Tsitsipas falls to Coric in a fateful duel; Zverev will be Davidovich's rival

The Greek, the fourth seed of the tournament, squandered six match points to lose to Coric in five sets. Goffin and Shapovalov won.


The crazy game of the day on Friday at the US Open was the one between Stefanos Tsitsipas (4th seeded) and Borna Coric (27th). The Greek had not achieved good results historically in New York (a victory in two previous participations), and again failed in New York, losing 6-7 (2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 and 7 -6 (4). The meeting had everything. The first round was decided in a very close tie break that Tsitsipas took for small details. Coric, who despite asking for the physio entry after the first set, was at a very high level throughout the match and tied the contest by taking the second set.

At the beginning of the third round, one of the moments of the day arrived. Tsitsipas, very nervous after seeing how the Croatian tied, shouted to his father "you don't know!" when he gave him instructions from the stands. Apostolos, the Greek's progenitor, left his seat for the next two sets. Interestingly, without his father in the stands, Tsitsipas began playing his best tennis of the match. She won the third set, and got the fourth back on track quickly. But the collapse of the Greek arrived. At 5-1, Tsitsipas squandered six match points and lost seven straight games to see a Coric who never gave up take the match to the final set. As if that were not enough, the final point of the fourth set was lost by the Greek when he missed a ball that he thought was going away, but that finally entered.

In the decisive manga the drama reappeared. The two players, very upset, chained successes and errors. Tsitsipas' break, which came with a record of one win and two losses in five-set matches, was immediately answered by Coric's. The Greek continued to lose opportunities, and both he and the Croatian had very fresh legs despite the more than four hours of play (the match lasted until 4 hours and 36 minutes, ending after 01:00 in the morning in New York ). And, how could it be otherwise, the tie break in the fifth set was responsible for deciding the winner of the fateful duel. Two double faults by Tsitsipas put the Greek on the ropes, and Coric took advantage of the fragility of the fourth seed to eliminate him. The 23-year-old Croat enters a Grand Slam round of 16 for the third time in his career, in which he will face Australian Jordan Thompson.

Alexander Zverev, for his part, will be Alejandro Davidovich's rival in the round of 16 of the US Open. The German, the fifth seed of the tournament, was forced to overcome a set behind in his third round match against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino (32nd) to win 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6- 2 and 6-2 in almost three hours of play (practically the same time that Davidovich used) .

Three matches for Zverev at the US Open, and three sets on loan, one in each match. The German has gone from less to more in all his duels. The first and second sets against Mannarino were the most even, and both were decided by small details. In the last two, a much more complete and determined Zverev appeared to sentence him to the fourth round of the tournament. The German's heads and tails were on his serve: 14 aces, but 11 double faults. In addition, he doubled the number of winners of the Frenchman (44 by 22 of Mannarino). Zverev returns for the second consecutive year to the round of 16 of the US Open, a round that he has never overcome in the New York tournament.

A heroic shot from Denis Shapovalov (12th), who for the second time in a row needed almost three and a half hours of play to advance in the tournament. On this occasion, his rival was the North American Taylor Fritz (19th), who had the victory in his hand. Fritz took the lead twice on the scoreboard, but the Canadian never gave up. The tie break of the fourth set was decisive. As Fritz approached victory, Shapovalov pulled off his best tennis to take the tiebreaker and land a blow to the American, who raised the white flag in the final heat. The 21-year-old Shapovalov entered the eighth of a Grand Slam for the second time in his career (the first time was also at the US Open) and, as if the five sets played were not few, just an hour and a half later he was disputing their duel in the doubles draw.

The Canadian's rival in the round of 16 will be David Goffin (7th), who solidly solved a difficult cross against Serbian Filip Krajinovic (26th) by 6-1, 7-6 (5) and 6-4. Krajinovic entered the match in good form, not conceding a single set in his first two games and reaching the quarterfinals at the Cincinnati Masters 1,000. However, the Belgian Goffin pulled ex officio to access the fourth round, a phase in which he has been defeated the previous three years. The surprise of the day was seen in the second round match resumed on Friday after being suspended on Thursday due to rain. Daniel Evans (23rd) saw Frenchman Corentin Moutet, number 77 in the world, overcome a set from behind and took the tie thanks to the success in the tie-breaks, with a final result of 4-6, 6-3, 7 -6 (5), 7-6 (1). Moutet will face Felix Auger-Aliassime this Saturday, looking for his first round of 16 in a Grand Slam at age 21.

Results of the day.

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