Young Croatian tennis player Borna Coric has caused the upset of the second round of the US Open on Wednesday after a shock 4-set win over No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev.
Coric kept his unbeaten record against the German with a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(1), 7-6(4) win on Grandstand on Wednesday in the battle of the 20-year-old former junior rivals.
“Of course I needed it … I had a rough few months,” Coric said after the win. “I was struggling with my neck injury. I was not really sure what it is. I didn’t play … So it does mean a lot definitely. It’s going to give me some extra confidence. But at the end of the day, it’s only a tennis match. [In a] day and a half I have another one. We will see.”
Coric had beaten Zverev when they were 16 in the 2013 US Open boys’ singles semi-final. Coric went on to win the event.
Zverev is currently ranked No. 6 in the world and recently won his fifth title of the season at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal. Coric is ranked No. 61.
Coric’s win now leaves fellow Croatian and No.5 seed Marin Cilic as highest seed in the bottom half of the draw.
Coric faces No.32 Kevin Anderson from South Africa in the third round.