In a sensational day that saw world no. 1 and the hottest of hot favourites Novak Djokovic defaulted, Australia’s Jordan Thompson has lost to Croatia’s Borna Coric 7-5 6-1 6-3.
Coric had come through a tough third round match against Stefanos Tsitsipas and it was interesting to see how he would bounce back.
As it turned out Coric was not adversely affected by that match. He was too strong for Thompson who was playing his first Grand Slam fourth round match.
Coric served for the first set at 5-4, but as he admitted after the match he choked and let Thompson back into the set before taking it 7-5.
The Croatian world no. 32 raced through the second set, dropping only five points on serve. He hit just three unforced errors, while a frustrated Thompson had 12.
“He knuckled down and played really solid,” Thompson said. “He didn’t give me any errors, made a lot of first serves, made a lot of returns.”
Thompson refused to give in and stuck with Coric early in the third set. But the Croatian broke to love again in the sixth game and moved ahead 5-2.
“It wasn’t my best serving display,” admitted a disappointed Thompson, who landed only 55 per cent of first serves throughout the match.
Coric served out victory after two hours and eight minutes on court. He finished the match with 30 winners and won 75 per cent of points on his first serve.
Thompson fired 17 winners, but 36 unforced errors proved costly.
“All credit to him,” Thompson conceded. “He’s playing good tennis, too good.”
After securing a quarterfinal spot Coric said “There’s going to be new Grand Slam champion, for sure. Yeah, that could potentially can happen that some of us can do something more in the future. But again, it doesn’t mean anything. I’m really looking forward to see who it’s going to be. I think we all have a very good chance. Yeah, it’s going to be very interesting.”
Coric faces Germany’s Alexander Zverev for a place in the semifinals.