Vienna, October 29
Novak Djokovic saved four set points in a 7-6(11) 6-3 win over Borna Coric to reach the Vienna Open quarterfinals and move one step closer to sealing the year-end No. 1 ranking. Djokovic can lock up the top position by winning the title on Sunday.
Otherwise Rafael Nadal could still mathematically overtake him, although the Spaniard would need to enter a tournament in Bulgaria next month in order to do so.
Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas rallied to defeat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7(3) 6-3 6-4 and set up a second-round match with Grigor Dimitrov.
Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev advanced to the second round with a 6-3 6-1 win over Jason Lung.
Medvedev next plays Vasek Pospisil, who beat Canadian countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-5 7-5. Jannik Sinner defeated Caspar Ruud 7-6(2) 6-3 to set up a match against Andrey Rublev. — AP