A very competitive match tonight at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium: Croatian Borna Coric will face well supported Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in this Dubai Duty Free ATP Tennis Encounter.
|Borna Coric got completely outplayed by the former world #4 Tomas Berdych in the first set of his second round match on Wednesday but the determined Croatian fought back brilliantly to secure the win in three sets, 1-6 6-1 7-6.|
|This win against the in-form Tomas Berdych should give a lot of confidence for Borna Coric, who has made a shaky start to the season, including losing to Ugo Humbert in the opening round of ATP Marseille last week and needing three-sets to overcome the lucky loser Jiri Vesely earlier this week.|
|Borna Coric has gone 1-1 in the quarterfinal of ATP Dubai so far in his career — defeated former world #1 Andy Murray in 2015 and lost to Roberto Bautista Agut last year. Moreover, Coric lost his recent quarterfinal match on the main tour against Kevin Anderson in Vienna 2018.|
|Nikoloz Basilashvili made the most of the defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut’s recent fitness struggles to deliver a three-set comeback win in two hours and 14 minutes, 6-7 6-4 6-3.|
|The in-form Georgian’s only previous quarterfinal appearance of the season also came in the Middle East Tournament of ATP Doha in the first week of January, where he pushed world #1 Novak Djokovic to three sets but ended up on the losing side, 6-4 3-6 4-6.|
|The seven wins that Nikoloz Basilashvili has collected so far in 2019 are going to bring him bonus points considering he was going through a terrible seven-match losing run in the opening few months of 2018 and made his first quarterfinal appearance only at Marrakech in April (2018).|
|Borna Coric has delivered consistent results on the main tour over a longer period of time but Nikoloz Basilashvili is playing better tennis at the moment. Their H2H is tied at 2-2 and both have won exactly two ATP World Tour titles so far. All things considered, this is expected to be an evenly-matched contest that could go either way|
@BetSheihk Betting Picks: I’m backin Borna Coric here in this one, low stake however since it’s a very evenly matched market.