Which is exactly what he did, 6-3 6-3 Even so, it was not quite as straightforward a match as the scoreline suggests.A good day to win a match in straight sets for Borna
Coric could have won easier and sooner as he had a 3/18 BP conversion, the vast majority of chances coming in the first set. Wu managed to survive an epic 12-deuce service game at 2-2 from 0:40 but, barring unexpected disaster, there was only going to be one victor here.
The winner of the de Minaur-Murray match is up next - it's still ongoing and looks like it could be a long and tough battle. It was crucial for Coric to complete his opener quickly, especially in what seem to be oppressive conditions, and be physically fresh for his next opponent.
The calf tape from last week has migrated up his right leg to the thigh, but Coric generally looked fine to me and was moving well. His FH misfired a lot, however, and while he wasn't tested on serve today it will need to be particularly sharp tomorrow.