The number twelve seed Borna Coric of Croatia will play the Russian qualifier Evgeny Donskoy in the first round of the US Open on Monday, August 26. The match is scheduled for 2.15 pm local time (7.15 pm BST), and you can find the Borna Coric v Evgeny Donskoy live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Borna Coric v Evgeny Donskoy Head to Head
The pair have met twice before, and their current head to head score is one match apiece. Donskoy won their first encounter in Moscow in 2015, but Coric got his revenge at the Paris Masters two years later.
Coric, Struggling with Injuries
One of the big questions for Coric coming into this tournament is over the status of his fitness. The Croat was forced to miss Wimbledon because of injury, and has struggled since his return, losing in the first round both in Umag and Cincinnati, and in the second in Montreal. He also withdrew from the warm-up event in Winston-Salem, although that was mainly a precautionary move.
The 22 year old, who passed Marin Cilic in the world rankings to become the Croatian number one earlier this year, got to the fourth round here last year, and he will be hoping to at least emulate that feat this time round, That is despite the fact that 2019 has not been his best year on tour, with semi-finals in Dubai and s-Hertogenbosch the best he has managed.
Donskoy, Russian Qualifier
World number 111 Donskoy is a well-known figure on the Challenger circuit where he has accrued a fair degree of success, winning 14 titles, the most recent of which came last month in Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan. He also lost in the final of the pre-Wimbledon event in Nottingham to Dan Evans of Great Britain.
However, he rarely translates that form to the senior tour on a regular basis, just producing occasional moments such as when he came from a set and three match points down to beat Roger Federer in Dubai in 2017.
Nor is his record in Grand Slams anything to write home about, When he does qualify for them, he tends to go out in the first round, 2013 being an exception, because it was the year he reached the third round in both Melbourne and here in Flushing Meadows.
However, having beaten three men in qualifying – Bernabe Zapata Miralles, Joao Domingues, and Darian King – he has earned his place against Cilic.
Coric v Donskoy Predictions & Tips
Coric is the odds-on favourite to win this match. Donskoy may have beaten Coric in their first match but the Croat was just a teenager at the time and he has since matured into one of the best players in the world. Providing that there is no recurrence of his injuries, Coric should win this match with ease.
Tip: Coric to win in three sets: 4/6 (888Sport)