Croatia’s top ranked player on the ATP tour has struggled of late, making a series of early exits on the tour.
Borna Ćorić (ATP 15th) was stopped in the first round of play at the ATP tennis tournament in Shanghai, after losing to Russian Andrey Rublev (ATP 33rd) 6:4, 7:6 (4) on Tuesday morning after just one hour and 36 minutes of play.
The Russian only needed to break Ćorić’s service once to secure the first set. Ćorić played better in the second set breaking Rublev’s serve to take a 3:2 lead. However, the Russian was able to rally back and tie up the score 5:5. Rublev was clearly the better player in the tie-break and deservedly brought the match to a conclusion.
Throughout the match Ćorić served up eight aces to Rublev’s 15. The Croatian tennis player also made four double faults, with a first serve percentage of 74% and 45% for his second serve. Rublev hit 89% on his first service and 64 percent on his second serve. This was their third career meeting and Rublev’s third win.
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