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Doha | Coria stuns Carreno Busta as seeds tumble out

Doha | Coria stuns Carreno Busta as seeds tumble out
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Six seeds were dismissed for the Qatar Open in Doha in what proved a major day of upsets for the organisers.

I think he was serving two times for the match and I was just thinking to myself (that) I was playing good for the whole match, and that was my main focus

Borna Coric

Second seed Pablo Carreno Busta was the biggest casualty as he suffered a 5-7 6-2 7-6(8) defeat to Borna Coric after two-hours and 41-minutes in what was the match of the day. He broke the Spaniard twice when he was serving for the match and saved three match points in the final tie-break.

“It was such a tough match,” Coric, who will face Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in the second round,  said after his epic win. “I think he was serving two times for the match and I was just thinking to myself (that) I was playing good for the whole match, and that was my main focus.”

He was followed by the 3rd seeded Tomas Berdych who was eventually outplayed by the German Jan-Lennard Struff, ranked 53,  6-4 1-6 7-6(4).

Albert Ramos-Vinolas, the fourth seed, was beaten 2-6 7-5 7-5 by Argentina’s Guido Pella while No. 6 Filip Ktajinovic fell 6-4 6-1 to Peter Gojowszyk.

Meanwhile, fifth seed Richard Gasquet defeated Victor Estrella Burgos 6-0, 6-2, and Feliciano Lopez survived a tough encounter with Spanish compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4 5-7 7-6(3).

Elsewhere, Aljaz Bedene who has discared his British citizenship and reverted back to representing his country of birth Slovenia, saw off wild card Malek Jaziri 7-5 6-1. Bedene will now face the top seed Dominic Thiem in the next round.

 








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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

1 Comment

  1. Emma Robertson

    How did I miss Bedene discarding his British Citizenship?! Not sure how I feel about that 🤔

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