Who is Borna Coric?

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Borna Coric has been making all the right noises on the ATP Tour the past seven months, but who is the 18 year old Croatian getting the tennis world all excited? The Tennis Review gives you the lowdown.

Playing Style: 

Coric said early this year that at his best he was similar to Djokovic, at his worst he was like Murray. It was an observation that drew criticism from the tennis media and Coric had to do some backtracking on social media.

The comment, though, was not incorrect. Coric has both slam winner’s strengths- their defensive skills and a weapon of a double handed backhand. His footwork also means on faster courts, he can track down most balls and return them with interest. When he is on form, he can be aggressive, too, like Djokovic, and when he is a little off, he plays, like Murray at his worst, a little passively.

Junior Career:

Coric’s junior career is impressive. He won the U.S Open Boy’s Juniors title in 2013, beating Thanassi Kokkinakis in the final. That victory propelled him to No.1 in the ITF Junior rankings.

Early Pro career:

In 2013, Coric won five ITF Futures titles.  Coric started the year ranked 1,298 and finished it ranked 303. He lost his first ATP match Umag in July to 58th ranked Haracio Zeballos after winning the first set on a tiebreak.

2014 Breakthrough:

A year later at Umag, Coric, ranked 230, beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin, ranked 46, in the first round, avenged his 2013 defeat to Zeballos in the last sixteen and took 20th ranked Fabio Fognini to three sets in the last eight.

At the U.S Open, Coric, a qualifier, upset 27th ranked Lukas Rosol in the first round, dropping just seven games.

In Basel, Coric upset Gulbis, and then defeated Nadal, on the comeback from injury in straight sets, on his way to losing to Goffin in three sets in the last sixteen.

2015

Coric did not really get going in 2015 until Dubai when he took advantage of a huge stroke of luck. He was let into the main draw as a lucky loser, beat an error prone Murray (the Scot hit 55 errors in their quarter-final) and played Federer in the last four.

Coric carried over the momentum to Indian Wells where he saved match points in the final qualifying round and then won his first ATP 1000 match.

Future expectations

Coric himself has said he is the Best of his Generation, but he has strong competition from Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Alexander Zverev. Those four could end up dominating the game in years to come.

Coric is most likely to win Majors at the Australian Open and is quite likely to make no. 1 with the dominant tour surface being medium paced hard courts.

Commentary by Christian Deverille

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