(Corrects spelling of surname of Coric in headline)
By Steve Keating
NEW YORK, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Fourth seed Alexander Zverev had his bid for a maiden grand slam title come to a crushing end on Wednesday when Borna Coric rallied for a 3-6 7-5 7-6(1) 7-6(4) victory in the second round of the U.S. Open.
The two 20-year-olds may be part of tennis’s next generation but the German and Croat have gone toe-to-toe on court since they were youngsters.
The clash was not even the first time the two have met at Flushing Meadows with Coric beating Zverev in the U.S. Open junior boys semi-finals on the way to winning the title in 2013.
Zverev, winner of five titles this season including in the warmup tournament in Montreal where he defeated Roger Federer in the final, looked poised to settle the score when he grabbed the opening set.
But the 61st-ranked Coric battled back to win three close sets, the last two in tie-breaks, to leave the German swinging his racquet in frustration. (Editing by Greg Stutchbury)