Updates: Zverev Nearing First US Open Semi-final
Alexander Zverev is within one set of the US Open semi-finals, leading long-time rival Borna Coric 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(1) on Tuesday afternoon.
The German had lost his three previous tour-level tie-breaks against the 27th seed, but he has played more consistent tennis under pressure inside Arthur Ashe Stadium to move ahead of the Croatian. Coric leads the pair’s ATP Head2Head series 3-1, including a four-set win at the 2018 US Open. The Croatian also defeated Zverev in the US Open boys’ singles semi-finals in 2013, when they both were 16.
Zverev is pursuing his second major semi-final after reaching the last four at this year’s Australian Open. In the Melbourne quarter-finals, he lost the first set against three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka 1-6 before rallying to beat the Swiss in four sets. The 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion is on track to do the same against Coric, who has only capitalised on four of his 11 break points. The former World No. 12 never reached a Slam quarter-final before this event.
The winner of this match will play Pablo Carreno Busta or Denis Shapovalov in the last four.