Borna Coric will be up against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on February 28. The match begins at 8.20 pm local time (4.20 pm BST) and all the action around Borna Coric v Nikoloz Basilashvili live streaming has been updated below.
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Borna Coric v Nikoloz Basilashvili Head to Head
This will be their fifth meeting and both players have won two matches apiece. All these four meetings have come in the last two years, so the record is quite fresh in that sense, except that Basilashvili won the first two matches while Coric came back to clinch the last two that were played in 2018.
Tough Start for Coric
It’s not been easy going for Coric, having won both his first two rounds in three sets.
While that was on expected lines against a tough opponent like Tomas Berdych in the previous match, he was stretched to the distance by Jiri Vesely too in the opening round.
What makes it interesting is both matches needed Coric a final set tie-breaker so while he could do well to improve his game against another tough opponent in Basilashvili, that he came out unscathed out of pressure situations on two separate occasions speaks volumes of his mental resolve.
Having begun the season with a fourth round appearance at the Australian Open, Coric was dumped out in round one at Marseille, in a tournament he was the top seed. Might be an indicator of how difficult this encounter could get against his Georgian opponent…
…a Difficult Opponent in Basilashvili
The Georgian is a sharp opponent, in that you give him an inch and he could make a mile out of it. At the Qatar Open this season, which was his first tournament of the year, he made the quarter-final where he took a set off Novak Djokovic before going down in three.
A third round appearance at the Australian Open followed where he managed to push Stefanos Tsitsipas to four sets as well, before his first round exit at the Rotterdam Open earlier this month.
And here, in Dubai, he has already shocked Karen Khachanov, and defeated Roberto Bautista Agut to march into the quarter-finals. He could make it very difficult for Coric.
Borna Coric v Nikoloz Basilashvili Predictions & Tips
You look at bet365 and it’s easy to see why it’s so difficult to call a winner on this one. Both are at 10/11 to win this one. Basilashvili is 1/1 with William Hill as opposed to 19/20 with SportPesa, so if you are looking at either, you could look to sign up with these respective bookmakers for the best odds.
Tip: Coric to win: 10/11 (bet365)
You can watch & bet on Borna Coric v Nikoloz Basilashvili on Thursday, February 28 here . The match is scheduled for 4.20 pm BST.