Borna Coric ‘very, very happy’ as he comes through 26-shot match point against Joao Sousa


It took Borna Coric two hours and 55 minutes to maintain his title defence alive at Halle as he noticed off the problem from Joao Sousa.
It was a troublesome afternoon for the defending champion as he confronted 9 break factors, however managed to avoid wasting seven of them whereas he additionally had a medical timeout for a rib damage within the third set tie-breaker.
Nevertheless, he prevailed as he got here out on high of the 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 7-6 (7-4) scoreline.
The perfect level of the match was saved for final although as Coric and Sousa produced a 26-shot rally on match level.

Among the finest match factors you’ll EVER see 😱@borna_coric comes via his EIGHTH final-set tiebreak of 2019, beating Joao Sousa 7-6(4) 5-7 7-6(4) in just below 3 hours!#NoventiOpen
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) June 19, 2019

“I’m simply very completely happy… It was not a simple match, however I obtained the win, that’s what’s most vital,” the Croatian stated.
He added: “I used to be dropping 4/2 within the tie-break. I used to be feeling like I’m really dropping the match. So now to show it round, I should be very, very completely happy.”
Coric will face Pierre-Hugues Herbert for a spot within the semi-final after the Frenchman beat qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
Third seed Karen Khachanov additionally needed to battle for his win as he beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 whereas David Goffin beat Radu Albot 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
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