Raonic and Coric advance to St. Petersburg Open semifinals after victories over Opelka and Khachanov
The quarterfinals day at the St. Petersburg Open concluded after the last two matches which saw Raonic and Coric advance to the semifinal. Reilly Opelka had high hopes after his stellar victory over Medvedev but his effort in the 83-minute long match was subpar. Coric was the better player and he prevailed 7-6(3) 6-3.
The American started off well playing good overall tennis which saw him take a 5-2 lead. It looked like he would win the opening set but Coric fought back to make it 5-5. After that, the winner had to be settled in the tiebreak and in it, Coric played better from the start winning it 7-3. The 2nd set was quite uneventfully as both players played well on their own serve.
Points and rallies were short and Coric played pretty well. He broke Opelka midway through the set which was more than enough to secure the victory. Joining him in the semifinal will be Milos Raonic. The Canadian came out furious in his match against Khachanov winning the opening set 6-1. Khachanov didn't play a good set especially on the 2nd serve where Raonic won 6 of 8 points. The 2nd set was more of a snooze fest as both players played well on their own serve.
Points usually started with a strong serve and the serving playing having the initiative resulting in the point. Game and after the game went with nobody breaking through the defence of the opponent. Ultimately we ended up in a tiebreak and in it, it was Raonic who played better winning it 7-1. All in all, a good match from Raonci who moves on to the semifinal with ease.