Without major problems, the Croatian prevailed over Altmaier in just 1 hour and 15 minutes. Coric didn't concede any break point opportunities to his opponent and was relentless with his first serve, winning 90% of them. The German didn't have any chances on return and only won nine points when Coric was serving.
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The World No. 20 imposed his favoritism over Daniel Altmaier who was one of the great surprises of the 2023 Madrid Open, entering the main draw as a lucky loser and defeating his compatriots Oscar Otte and Yannick Hanfmann, as well as the local player Jaume Munar. Coric's path was not easy, as he had to overcome Hubert Hurkacz in the third round and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the round of 16, playing an epic tie-break in the third set.
The Croatian has returned to his best form, having suffered five consecutive defeats before arriving in Madrid. His last victory had been against Thanasi Kokkinakis on March 1st. In the first set, a single break in the fourth game was enough for Coric to take a 6-3 lead.
In the second set, the champion of the 2022 Cincinnati Masters got a break and won eight consecutive points to take the lead. A new break in the ninth game gave him the set 6-3, leaving good feelings for his first semifinal in the Madrid Open and the first in a clay Masters 1000.
In the semifinal, he will have a tough challenge against the first seed Carlos Alcaraz in a match that will be played on Friday, May 5th.