Fresh off a pair of respectively impressive showings that produced upsets, two of the ATP World Tour’s young guns will cross paths on the professional circuit to determine who will advance to the second week of the Roland Garros event. Jack Sock and Borna Coric have never crossed paths previously on the tour and will likely make for an enthralling affair on Saturday afternoon in Paris.
Following his upset win against Grigor Dimitrov, Sock followed up with another impressive showing when he defeated Pablo Carreno Busta in four sets to secure his spot in the third round of the tournament. This is his second consecutive year to reach this stage of the tournament, and he did so with a 6-7(2), 7-6(4), 6-1, 7-6(4) score line. He struck 67 winners and converted five break points to cement the win.
“I thought he was on top of his game today,” said Sock. “It was a match I had to win; It wasn’t going to be given to me, by any means. I finally found my serve three hours in, which was nice. It was letting me down there for a while, but I was able to find a little bit and the rhythm there at the end, and it helped me get through.”
The American will come up against Borna Coric, who toppled Tommy Robredo in five sets to earn his place in the third round. Riding high off his semi-final showing in Nice last week, Coric continued to display his talents during the match and eventually downed the Spaniard 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
This marks the first time that these two competitors will cross paths on the tour and is undoubtedly one of the more anticipated match-ups of the day. Given that these two athletes represent the next generation of tennis players, it will be interesting to see which of the two shines brighter in Paris on Saturday.
Prediction: Jack Sock in Five Sets