Borna Coric becomes the first seeded player to get knocked out of TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open as Dusan Lajovic upsets no. 7 in three sets in the opening round.
Day 2 and first round action at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open came to end after a breathtaking encounter. World no. 84 Dusan Lajovic took out seventh seed Borna Coric 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 in two hours and 40 minutes to make it to last 16.
Saving five break points on the seventh game, Lajovic stole Coric’s serve on the next game before closing the first set 6-3 on Garanti Koza Arena. 2015 Istanbul Open doubles champion Lajovic (w/Radu Albot) made a strong start also to the second set as he broke Coric in the opening game but gave it back on the tenth game while serving for the match. Coric, who clinched maiden title only two weeks ago in Marrakech, levelled the set at 6-6 then won the tie-break 7/1 to force the decider.
In the final set, it was Lajovic’s turn for the comeback. Recovering from 2-4 to 6-5, Lajovic made another move on the crucial moment as everyone was expecting a tie-break. He managed to break Coric on the 12th game converting his first match point as he outmanoeuvred the young Croat before completing the match with a comfortable overhead at the net.
This is the third consecutive winning start for Lajovic in Istanbul where he’ll take on Mikhail Youzhny in the second round as Coric becomes the first seed to get ousted.
23 OUT OF 25 FOR BEDENE
One of the most attention-grabbing players in the last couple of weeks, Aljaz Bedene continued strong form as he begins TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open campaign with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 victory over wildcard Marton Fucsovics in the longest match of the tournament so far which lasted two hours and 48 minutes. Coming to Istanbul after a successful week in Budapest where he finished as runner-up, Bedene has won 23 of last 25 matches since Martch including three ATP Challenger titles.
World no. 58 Brit will next play top seed Milos Raonic who is set to make his clay debut.