Goffin Tops Coric to Reach Swiss Indoors Final

by John on October 25, 2014

Goffin at Basel

The Goffin Express keeps on rolling. Belgian David Goffin defeated 17-year-old Borna Coric of Croatia 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors Basel this afternoon, extending his winning streak to 16 matches, including five on the Challenger circuit. Overall, the 23-year-old Goffin, ranked No. 28 in the world, has won 43 of his last 45 matches since losing to Andy Murray in the first round at Wimbledon. Goffin has captured four Challenger titles and two ATP Tour crowns during this torrid stretch. Yesterday, he claimed his first Top 10 win, upsetting No. 10-ranked Milos Raonic of Canada in the quarterfinals. Coric also pulled off an upset on Friday — the shocker of the tournament no less — knocking out Rafael Nadal in straight sets. Earlier in the week he ousted sixth-seeded Ernests Gulbis in a first-round surprise. “It means a lot,” Goffin said of the win. “It wasn’t my best match today, but emotionally it was a tough one. I’m really happy. I have nothing to lose tomorrow.” The Belgian will face top seed and five-time champion Roger Federer in Sunday’s final. Goffin had Coric on the defensive for most of the first set and got the only break in the seventh game. Despite getting just 34 percent of his first serves in in the opener, Goffin held five times and faced only one break point. The Belgian looked to be tightening the Vise-Grips on Coric in the first game of the second set, forcing four break-point chances against the Croatian’s serve. But Coric hung tough and held. Perhap deflated from squandering the break opportunities, Goffin dropped serve in the next game, double-faulting on break point. Coric became the aggressor for the remainder of the set and tied things up at a set apiece with his strong serving. Goffin continued to struggle with his first serve percentage, hitting just 42 percent in the set. The ebb and flow continued in the third set with Goffin regaining his mojo and taking control again. He broke Coric in the fourth game, hit five of his 10 aces on the day, landed 61 percent of his first serves and closed out the win on his fourth match point in two hours and five minutes. Goffin hit 30 winners, committed 40 unforced errors and saved two of three break points. Coric had 22 winners, 42 unforced errors and defended five of seven break points.

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