ATP Rotterdam semifinal preview: Borna Coric vs Marton Fucsovics
Photo: Henk Seppen

A pair of unseeded surprises will square off in the semifinals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament as Borna Coric faces Marton Fucsovics.

Both players have been in top form all week with Coric winning each of his matches against Botic Van de Zandschulp, Dusan Lajovic and Kei Nishikori in straight sets by scores of 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3-, 6-2 and 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4), respectively.

Fucsovics has dropped just one set in five matches having come through qualifying where he beat Arthur Rinderknech and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in straight sets before a three-set win over Reilly Opelka in the first round. He knocked out Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Tommy Paul in straight sets.

This is the fourth career meeting between Coric and Fucsovics with the Croat having won the previous three meetings, the most recent last year in the first round of the Rolex Paris Masters. The winner will advance to tomorrow's final where they will face fourth seed Andrey Rublev for the championship.

Assessment

These two players have very similar styles with Coric likely favoring the slower courts more. What he will have to do well is serve as Fucsovics has been returning incredibly well all week, especially on his backhand side.

That backhand wing is the preferred side for Coric as he will look to dictate from the baseline with that shot while the Hungarian is comfortable on both sides. Fucsovics has slightly more power and will look to use it to take control of the rallies.

Coric gets the edge in movement as he needs that to be more effective. He also has the confidence of knowing he's beaten Fucsovics all three times they've played.

Analysis

Coric starts as favorite and deservedly so. However, Fucsovics has slightly more weapons and is, like the Croat, playing with a ton of confidence and seems to be at his best this week.

While either man will be an underdog against Rublev tomorrow, the Hungarian has the better chance. His wins over Stan Wawrinka and Daniil Medvedev in the last two majors should serve him well in tight moments.

Prediction: Marton Fucsovics in three sets

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