Coric vs Ebden ATP Shanghai live streaming, preview and tips – Can Coric deny Ebden a first Masters 1000 semi-final in Shanghai?
- Borna Coric vs Matthew Ebden is live from Shanghai around 6.00pm local time on Friday (11.00am BST)
- First career meeting between the pair
Borna Coric (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Borna Coric targets a spot in his second ATP Masters 1000 semi-final of the season when he takes on the underrated Matthew Ebden in the Shanghai Rolex Masters quarter-finals on Friday night
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Rising star Borna Coric is one win away from making his second Masters 1000 semi-final of the season as he prepares to face World No. 51 Matthew Ebden in the Shanghai Rolex Masters quarter-finals on Friday.
Arriving in Shanghai on the back of a three-match losing streak at tour-level, Coric has reversed his fortunes magnificently in the Chinese city, although he was rather fortuitous after beating three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka and American qualifier Bradley Klahn after World No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro was forced to retire with a knee injury after the Croatian took the opening set of their Round of 16 clash on Thursday 7-5. Del Potro had been suffering from the flu for the past week, but the Argentine slipped while trying to chase down a drop shot, and after receiving a medical time-out, was unable to continue.
Not the way Coric wanted to progress, but nevertheless, the 21-year-old continues to impress during what is his true breakout season in 2018, with the Croatian set to rise into the world’s top 15 if he can beat Ebden in the quarter-finals – after starting the season ranked outside the top 50.
After linking up with Riccardo Piatti and Kristijan Schneider and also bringing in Roger Federer’s coach and former World No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic as a manager, Coric has registered numerous eye-catching results this year, most notably defeating Roger Federer to win the biggest title of his career at the ATP 500 Gerry Weber Open in Halle, while he also made the semi-finals of Indian Wells and the quarter-finals of Miami, along with reaching the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time at the U.S. Open before going down to del Potro in the fourth round.
Coric proceeded to help Croatia advance into the Davis Cup final against the USA, but he did struggle in Asia before arriving in Shanghai, losing in the first rounds of Shenzhen and Beijing respectively to Cameron Norrie and Feliciano Lopez respectively. However, Coric has turned things around in Shanghai and will start as the favourite to reach the semi-finals and set up a clash with either Roger Federer or Kei Nishikori.
Matthew Ebden (Photo by Kevin Lee/Getty Images)
However, Matthew Ebden will have other ideas, with the Australian one win away from reaching his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final. Ironically, Ebden’s only other appearance in a Masters 1000 quarter-final came in Shanghai all the way back in 2011 in just his second ever Masters main draw as he came from qualifying and beat No. 12 Gilles Simon to reach the last eight, eventually going down to Andy Murray. Ebden would reach the fourth round of Indian Wells the following season, but injury issues have plagued hime throughout his career – especially in 2016 when he missed seven months of action after undergoing knee surgery.
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With his ranking dropping to No. 699 in the world, Ebden put together an incredible resurgence in 2017, rising back into world’s top 80 by the end of the season as he reached his first ATP World Tour final in Newport and won two Challenger titles. The 30-year-old has played predominantly on the ATP World Tour throughout 2018, although he did win another Challenger in Busan and make the semi-finals of Surbiton, with his best work coming during the grass season when he made the semi-finals in s-Hertogenbosch, the quarter-finals in Halle and the third round of Wimbledon, scoring his first top 10 win since 2012 against David Goffin.
Ebden also made the semi-finals of Atlanta and the quarter-finals of Chengdu before taking a set off Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson in the first round of Tokyo last week. But the Australian has gone to another level in Shanghai once again, registering his third top 10 scalp by defeating Dominic Thiem in a third set tiebreak, either side of solid triumphs over Frances Tiafoe and Peter Gojowczyk.
This will be the first meeting between the pair and Coric cannot afford to underestimate his unseeded rival. Ebden has improved his serve significantly (he fired down 15 aces against Gojowczyk) and is one of the few men who serve-volleys and rushes the net behind penetrating slices, making life uncomfortable for his opponents who aren’t used to that style of play being implemented in today’s tennis climate. Coric will come out on top of the majority of baseline exchanges, but Ebden will be trying to avoid lengthy rallies and come into the net as much as possible. It makes for an intriguing clash of styles, and one Ebden – if he plays like has has all week – has a solid chance of prevailing in.