Coric Battles Past Felix In Rome Opener
Verdasco comes through against Edmund
Borna Coric, the No. 13 seed, was made to work hard on Monday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome for his 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4 win over #NextGenATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. With his first victory at the Foro Italico, the Croatian will now play British qualifier Cameron Norrie, who ousted Aussie John Millman 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the second round.
Coric led his 18-year-old opponent 4-2 in the first set, but was made to pay for a slow start in the tie-break. He won the first three games of the second set and broke in the opening game of the decider en route to victory in two hours and 30 minutes.
Auger-Aliassime, at No. 30 in the ATP Rankings, is the youngest player in the Top 30 since Lleyton Hewitt (at No. 22) in 1999.
Elsewhere, 2010 Rome semi-finalist Fernando Verdasco knocked out Kyle Edmund of Great Britain 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 23 minutes for a clash against fifth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem.
Norway’s Casper Ruud recorded his first victory at an ATP Masters 1000 tournament by beating fellow qualifier Daniel Evans of Great Britain 7-5, 0-6, 6-3 in two hours and 30 minutes. He will now prepare to challenge Russian No. 12 seed Daniil Medvedev or Nick Kyrgios of Australia.