‘King Roger’ Federer will meet Borna Coric in the Semi Final tonight at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Garhoud, will the King march on to another Dubai ATP tennis final?
|Roger Federer was quite fortunate to come away with a straight-set win against Marton Fucsovics on Thursday as the Hungarian was the better player in the first set (had a set point on serve) and created a lot of opportunities in the second set as well but couldn’t take any of them, 7-6 6-4.|
|Regardless of the struggles, the Swiss #1 would be relieved to close out the match in straight sets considering he needed three sets in both of his previous matches in Dubai this week — against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round and Fernando Verdasco in the second.|
|World #7 Roger Federer, who is bidding to win the 100th title on the main tour in Dubai this week, is a seven-time former champion of ATP Dubai and has got a 9-1 record in the semifinal of this tournament, with the only defeat coming against Tomas Berdych in 2013.|
|For the second time in two days, Borna Coric had to fight back from a set deficit to progress into the next round — against Tomas Berdych in the second round and Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarterfinal. In fact, he needed three sets to overcome lucky loser Jiri Vesely in the first round.|
|Borna Coric enjoyed the best season of his career in 2018 and some of his notable results during the season came against none other than Roger Federer — defeated the Swiss in the final of ATP Halle and the semifinal of Shanghai Masters. Even during the only defeat that he suffered against Roger Federer in 2018, the Croatian led the match by a set and break — semifinal at Indian Wells.|
|However, Borna Coric’s only previous semifinal appearance here at ATP Dubai ended in a crushing defeat at the hands of Roger Federer, 2-6 1-6 in 2015. “He’s [Coric] really found his game. I remember when he came up, I played him here actually [in 2015]. Then he also beat Murray here, beat Rafa in Basel,” Roger Federer talking about his semifinal opponent.|
|Their H2H is tied at 2-2 with Borna Coric winning the recent two meetings. The Croatian’s performance against Roger Federer in 2018 coupled with the Swiss’ shaky performance in Dubai this week gives a great chance for Borna Coric to cause an upset here.|
@BetSheihk Betting Picks: I like Borna Coric the gifted Croatian but tonight he will have no change as Roger Federer will progress to the final. I will put Federer in a combo bet together with Man Utd. this weekend. High Stake, very very High Stake.