Number seven seed Borna Coric of Croatia will face Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in the first round of the 2020 St. Petersburg Open on Tuesday, October 13. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Borna Coric v Feliciano Lopez match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Borna Coric v Feliciano Lopez Head to Head
Feliciano Lopez leads the series 2-0, benefitting from a retirement by Coric in their first meeting in the US Open in 2016 and then beat the Croat in three sets in Beijing in 2018.
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Can Coric Go One Better in St. Petersburg?
It has been an up-and-down ride for Borna Coric since he stunned Roger Federer in Halle in 2018 to pick up his second career title. Coric peaked at no.12 in the world that year and nearly qualified for the ATP Finals in London.
Injuries intervened a year after and his game malfunctioned, going 28-25 in 2019, losing the final six matches of the season. However, he started the current campaign in the best possible way, beating Dominic Thiem at the ATP Cup.
The 23-year-old did not keep up that level for long though, failing to win a match during the Australian Open. His biggest highlight before the suspension was a semifinal in Rio where he lost to eventual champion Cristian Garin.
Coric did make a few adjustments to his game during lockdown and there was immediate reward. A sensational comeback win over Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open in which he saved multiple match points earned him a route to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
He arrives in St. Petersburg with plenty of good memories having finished runner-up last year.
Could This Be Lopez’s Farewell Season?
There is none better than the man himself, Feliciano Lopez to answer to the most despised word in all of sports. Retirement.
Lopez, now 39, with alternating responsibilities on tour is still unsure just how much longer he still has in the game. The Spaniard serves as the tournament director of the Madrid Open and is still an active member of the ATP roster, currently ranked at no.57 in the world.
The tennis year has not been very kind for Lopez. A pandemic which stopped everything, denied him the opportunity to defend his title at Queen’s Club after the LTA cancelled all grass-court events of 2020. Bar two quarterfinal appearances in Auckland and Kitzbuhel, he has not really set the world alight.
But the seven-time ATP tour titlist still holds one of tennis’ most remarkable longevity records. He is yet to miss major since 2002 French Open – that is 74 consecutive appearances at the Grand Slams.
Coric v Lopez Prediction and Tip
Coric’s confidence must be shattered after suffering a shocking first round loss at the French Open. He is still capable of turning things around with his counterpunching baseline game against the art of serve-volley tennis that Lopez brings to the table. This will be tight though as the Spaniard does not give away free points behind his first delivery.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)