On Thursday, Estrella Burgos became the first player from the Dominican Republic to reach the third round at a Grand Slam. His historic run at the 2014 Open continued yesterday when he beat Borna Coric, 17, of Croatia 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Coric, is the youngest player in the draw and won the boys’ singles event at last year’s US Open. Burgos is the tourney’s oldest player to make his main-draw debut at the US Open.
With throngs of Dominican fans screaming and chanting Estrella Burgos’ name, he took the energy from the standing-room only crowd and used it to heighten his game.
A drop-volley winner gave him an early break of serve to lead, 2-1, in the fourth set. Coric continued to fight, despite his hampered opponent, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the relentless retrieving of his opponent.
Estrella Burgos laced a backhand winner down the line to lead, 5-2, and then comfortably served out the match, letting out a huge scream to celebrate the win.
The world No. 80 will have all eyes on him this Saturday, when he plays No. 5 seed Milos Raonic of Canada. It will mark the first time that Estrella Burgos has ever squared off against a Top 10 player.
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