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Borna Coric starts his grass-court season on Tuesday at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

Coric Gets The Better of Zverev Again

2016 champion Mayer also advances

Borna Coric started his grass-court season with near perfection on Tuesday at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, upsetting two-time finalist Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-4.

Coric had won two of their three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings but had lost their last contest, in the quarter-finals of the Miami Open presented by Itau. Zverev, meanwhile, was coming off his best Grand Slam finish, a quarter-final run at Roland Garros.

But the 21-year-old Croatian rolled past Zverev, benefitting from some loose errors from the German – 32 in total – and staying focused against the second seed. Coric fell behind 15/40 while serving for the first set but came back to take the opener on his racquet.

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The Croatian, who was controlling baseline rallies with his backhand, was then broken while serving for the match at 5-2 but remained calm and secured the win in the 10th game.

Coric had his best start to a season earlier this year, reaching the semi-finals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the quarter-finals in Doha, Dubai and Miami. He looks ready to return to the quarter-finals this week in Halle. The 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals semi-finalist will meet Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili or 17-year-old German Rudolf Molleker.

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Greece's #NextGenATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas, playing at a career-high No. 35 in the ATP Rankings, upset fifth seed and 2017 MercedesCup champion Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6(3). Tsitsipas will next meet American qualifier Denis Kudla.

Germany's Florian Mayer, 2016 Halle champion (d. Zverev), needed only 62 minutes to beat eighth seed Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-2. Gasquet won the grass-court Libema Open in The Netherlands on Sunday. Mayer will next play Italian Andreas Seppi, who beat countryman Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 7-5.

Russian Karen Khachanov booked a second-round meeting with seventh seed Kei Nishikori by beating German Mischa Zverev 7-6(5), 6-3.

Second Seeds Advance In Halle

In doubles action, second seeds Nikola Mektic/Alexander Peya beat German wild cards Philipp Kohlschreiber/Philipp Petzschner 6-2, 6-4. Dominic Inglot/Franko Skugor advanced past Steve Johnson/Dominic Thiem 7-6(2), 6-7(5), 10-6. Marcel Granollers/Robin Haase were also victorious, beating the Japanese team of Ben McLachlan/Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6(3).

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