Coric Beats Wawrinka In Shanghai, Klahn Upsets Kyrgios
American qualifier Klahn notches biggest win
Borna Coric withstood the power of Swiss wild card Stan Wawrinka, who continues to grow in confidence on his comeback from knee surgery, for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 first-round victory in just under two hours on Monday at the Rolex Shanghai Masters.
Coric, the No. 13 seed from Croatia, saved two break points at 3-3 in the second set and won three of the first four games in the decider to complete his 32nd match win of the season, which includes the Gerry Weber Open in Halle (d. Federer) — his second ATP World Tour crown. It was Coric’s first victory in his fourth meeting against former World No. 3 Wawrinka.
The 21-year-old will next challenge American qualifier Bradley Klahn, who has qualified for his third straight ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament and held his nerve to beat Australian Nick Kyrgios.
World No. 93 Klahn recorded just his fourth tour-level win of the year over Kyrgios 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in 78 minutes, winning five straight games from 4-4 in the second set to 3-0 in the decider. Klahn won 82 per cent of his first-service points and struck 18 aces, with Kyrgios hitting 14 aces and five double faults.
Elsewhere, in one of the final matches of the day, Andreas Seppi defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-4 in 83 minutes. He awaits the winner of 11th-seeded Briton Kyle Edmund and Filip Krajinovic of Serbia. In an all-Chinese matchup, Yibing Wu beat Zhe Li 7-6(5), 6-2.