Struggling Coria Stays Alive at ATP Amersfoort

Posted on July 21, 2006

Guillermo Coria won back-to-back matches for the first time since ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo Thursday, reaching the Amersfoort quarterfinals with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 win over Argentine compatriot Sergio Roitman.

The pair had never previously met at ATP-level, yet the pair had played six times on the ATP Challenger and ITF Futures circuit between 1998 and 2000. Coria led 5-1, with their last meeting coming in Guadalajara, Mexico.

At one point Coria led 7-5, 4-2 but had to bide his time as Argentine compatriot Roitman fought back.

While Coria won just 17 of 42 points on return of serve, the 24-year-old enjoyed a 70% success rate on first serve points won.

Currently No. 28 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings, Coria now holds a 10-10-match record this season. Roitman, ranked No. 128, was playing just his 11th ATP-level match.
Coria will now play another countryman, Agustin Calleri, looking to extend his 2-1 career advantage that includes a final win at 2005 ATP Masters Series Hamburg.

Calleri, a semifinalist at Buenos Aires and in Bastad last week, will contest his fifth ATP-level quarterfinal of the season following a 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-0 win over seventh-seeded Daniele Bracciali.

The 29-year-old beat Casablanca champion Bracciali in one hour and 42 minutes, hitting 12 aces and winning 36 of 45 points on first serve.

Up-and-coming Serbian Novak Djokovic, ranked No. 36 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings and No. 3 seed this week, swept into the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Tomas Zib of the Czech Republic.

The Zagreb semifinalist and Roland Garros quarterfinalist, who holds a 2006 match record of 21-11, will play Marc Gicquel.

Gicquel advanced to the second quarterfinal of his seven-year professional career in beating Dutch wild card Thiemo de Bakker 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and eight minutes.

The Frenchman lost to compatriot Gael Monfils in the Metz quarterfinals last year.
-- ATP