Borna Coric hadn’t won a match since late September finishing his decade on a six match losing streak.
The 23 year old is the lead for Croatia at the ATP Cup and he put on quite a show to see off Dominic Thiem in the opening tie for his country.
It was quite the win for Borna who only recorded one top 20 win last season and that was against Nikolosz Basilashvili (ranked 19) back in February of last year.
Borna played well against Thiem who didn’t play with much conviction, instead was indecisive at times. There was just the one point in it with Borna winning that extra one in the match and when presented with an opportunity he took it.
Taking opportunities and to an extent creating them were a problem in 2019. Borna made it publicly clear his target for 2019 was a place in London but how far off is he?
Looking at last year’s numbers… far off:
Win/Loss by Ranking;
Ranked 1-10 – 0/3
Ranked 11-20 – 1/2
Ranked 21-30 – 1/1
Ranked 31-40 – 3/4
Ranked 41-50 – 3/5
Ranked 51-60 – 2/2
Ranked 61-70 – 3/2
Ranked 71+ – 12/6
These numbers aren’t going to get you to London.
1 win out of 6 against top 20 opponents. 2 wins in 8 against top 30. 12 of the 27 wins he recorded were against players ranked outside the top 70.
London? I can’t see it. I do like Borna but I feel like his game is too passive and gets himself in trouble. He did pose a good deciding set record winning 17/27 in 49 matches but he does make it difficult for himself.
His win against Dominic Thiem was impressive at the ATP Cup and is something to build on going forward. I like his game but I want to see a more ruthless strike behind the ground strokes and try and find that winning shot earlier.
The ultimate goal will be London once again for Borna but he has to do better at the big tournaments.
15 wins and 11 defeats at combined Grand Slam and Masters 1000 level last year including four round one exits and three round two exits.
To get to London he needs to do something big, a big year like Tsitsipas had on his way to not only competing in London but winning in London.