Doha | Coria stuns Carreno Busta as seeds tumble out
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 focusBorna 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.