Borna Coric holds off Christian Garin while Richard Gasquet keeps title defence alive

Borna Coric

Second seed Borna Coric had his work cut out for him in the quarter-final of the Libema Open, but in the end he just had too much for Christian Garin.

The Croatian saved a match point in the third-set tie-breaker as he edged to a 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) victory in two hours and 30 minutes.

Chilean Garin also broke in games one and seven of the decider to lead 5-2 before Coric pulled off a great escape.

“It was obviously a very, very tough match as I was 2-5 down in the third set, a double break,” he told “I was packing my bag on the changeover, but then I maybe relaxed and played a little bit better. I turned the match around somehow. I’m not too tired and now I have 20 hours to recover.”

He will face Adrian Mannarino for a place in the final after the unseeded Frenchman upset fifth-seeded David Goffin 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Third seed Alex De Minaur also exited at the quarter-final stage as he lost the all-Australian battle against Jordan Thompson, who won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Thompson stands in the way of Richard Gasquet reaching a second consecutive final after the defending champion came away with a 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 win over Nicolas Jarry from Chile.

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