World No. 59, Borna Coric who entered the tournament as a lucky loser in the main draw at the Mutua Madrid Open upsets World No. 1 Andy Murray in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.
The young Croatian got into the main draw after Frenchman Richard Gasquet withdrew due to back pain, and took his second chance this week by defeating Mischa Zverev and qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert before the win over Murray, becoming the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals in Madrid’s 16-year tournament history.
The 20-year-old has been impressive in this clay-court season, winning his first ATP World Tour title last month in Marrakech by saving five match points in the final against Philipp Kohlschreiber. His run over the past month is a remarkable turnaround after he opened 2017 with a 3-7 record.
The current World No. 59 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will move back inside the Top 50 with his run this week. He is currently second in the Emirates ATP Race to Milan, which will determine the seven players who automatically qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals this November. The eighth spot will be decided with a wild card.
Coric will now face eighth seed, Dominic Thiem, who defeated Bulgaraian Grigor Dimitrov in three sets to cruise to the Quaterfinals.
Coric has played Thiem once and won, when they met in March at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami.