Djokovic outlasts feisty Coric to reach Erste Bank Open round 3

Novak Djokovic stepped onto the courts for the 2nd day in a row and he defeated Borna Coric to reach the 3rd round of the Erste Bank Open Vienna.


The opening set of this match was a remarkable one as it lasted a whopping 77 minutes. It's not uncommon for a Djokovic match to last a long time as he tends to take some liberties in between points but this match was a spectacular one that featured a heavy battle in the 1st set. Despite the stellar level of tennis neither player really had chances to break the other. Novak served well and Borna served well, even better than Djokovic. Coric had break points in two separate games but both times Djokovic remained cool. He himself didn't have a single one in the first set.

The tiebreak was an epic one as both players continued playing well. There were a lot of twists and turns but ultimately Novak proved better winning it 13-11. Before he used that set point he had two ones that he failed to use. Coric had three set points as well but could not convey them. Boosted by that impressive first set victory Novak started much better in the 2nd set. He began reading Coric's serve rather well and that's when the trouble started. He broke him early to take a 3-1 lead.

Coric continued to struggle as Novak was feeling more and more comfortable on the courts. His 1st serve hit percentage stayed about the same but his percentages on won points on them dropped significantly. Novak just started reading them much better and his returns became a dangerous weapon which gave him the early advantage in the rally. Djokovic had two consecutive break points at 3-1 to add onto the lead but Coric saved them to stay in the match. The match progressed its natural cause and Djokovic won the 2nd set with 6-3.

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