• Borna Coric aims to seal his first win over No.7 seed David Goffin in a second-round match at the Western & Southern Open
  • After beating Kyle Edmund, Kevin Anderson meets Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek saved a match point against him to reach the 2018 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto final.
  • Day 2 in New York marks the campaign start of the WTA Premier 5 event’s top seed, Karolina Pliskova
NEW YORK, UK – In New York, the last first-round matches and the first second-round clashes create a mixed, dense schedule at the Western and Southern Open.

In New York, the last first-round matches and the first second-round clashes create a mixed, dense schedule at the Western and Southern Open.

 

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Borna Coric vs David Goffin [7] | Goffin leads H2H 4-0

 

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Borna Coric will face the first real test of his comeback after the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, he moved to the second round when Benoit Paire withdrew after losing all the first seven games played. The 2016 Western & Southern open quarter-finalist aims to clinch his first Tour-level victory over Belgian David Goffin. The No.7 seed is 4-0 in their head to head record. Three of their clashes went to the distance, the only exception came at the 2015 Miami Masters. They haven’t met, however, since Halle in 2016.

The Croatian is now ranked at No.33, after a stuttering 2019 when suffered hamstring, abdominal and back injuries. His bad luck continued this season, as he got COVID-19 and couldn’t do anything for two-and-a-half weeks. After that period, he was able to work on his game with his coach.

He established precise goals for his opening matches after the hiatus, playing aggressively, using his serve as a big weapon and moving as well as he can. Easier said than done, but it would be a perfect game-plan to beat the Belgian.

The World No.7 lived a year of two halves in 2019. In his opening 15 tournaments, he managed to earn no more that two Top-30 victories. Everything began to change as he began to work with Thomas Johansson. He moved to the final in Halle and reached his maiden Masters 1000 final at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati after his losing four straight semifinals at that level.

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Kevin Anderson [PR]vs Stefanos Tsitsipas [4] | Tsitsipas Leads H2H 2-1

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The 34-year old Kevin Anderson defeated Kyle Edmund in a tense battle in his debut here, serving 20 aces and delivering 38 overall winners. He began the season falling to No. 147 in the ATP Rankings on 6 January, his lowest since No. 148 on 25 January 2010. Then at the Australian Open, in the second round, he suffered Taylor Fritz his sixth career loss from two-sets up. Using his protected ranking, the two-times Grand Slam finalist clinched his berth in the main draw here. Anderson is coming back after the right knee surgey he underwent on 19 February.

Stefanos Tsitsipas won two of their three Tour-level meetings, all played in 2018, including the Toronto semifinal that projected him into his maiden Masters 1000 final. At age 19, he became the youngest player with four Top-10 wins at a single event since ATP Tour was established in 1990, and the youngest Masters 1000 finalist since Novak Djokovic, 19, at 2007 Miami.

Playing behind closed doors, the Greek said, could help the underdogs, the lower-ranked players, to create upsets. He seems ready, however, to avoid it this time.

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Karolina Pliskova [1] vs Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) | Pliskova leads H2H 1-0

Day two of main draw play at the Western & Southern Open sees top seed Karolina Pliskova in action. The 2016 champion won the LiveScore Cup, an exhibition tournament in Prague.

“We all have been through a difficult time full of fear and uncertainty. This trophy means a lot to me, because it symbolizes that the world is finally coming back to the right direction” she tweeted after the event.

In her first WTA-match since losing to Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the second round at Qatar Total Open in Doha, she will face Russian Veronika Kudermetova. The Czech missed everything about the tournament. Before the event, she confessed tennis life was made for her, as she loves to travel, used to sleep and rest in a plane.

Kudermetova lost their previous meeting, in Stuttgart a couple of years ago in two tight sets. This match could be different. The Russian began her campaign with a comeback win over Ajla Tomljanovic. She managed to overcame nerves, and gradually brought her backhand under control against the Australian, increasingly struggling to move.

The two contenders have two of the highest ace per match averages in the circuit. Pliskova shows an even higher rate of first-serve points won, and that could make the difference.

 

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