Re-think required; Borna Coric thrashed 2-6 2-6 by Diego & Hubert outlines big issues in his game!

I wrote about Borna Coric the other day.

He opened his season with a three set win over Dominic Thiem. His run for Croatia in ATPCup is now over following back to back humiliations against Diego Schwartzman and Hubert Hurkacz.

I didn’t see him against Hubert but I watched Borna take on Diego today and it was shambolic.

I spoke in a piece the other day about Coric having aspirations for London but needs to find consistency.

If you look at his 27 wins last season: 8 wins and 15 defeats against players in the top 50 and 15 of his 27 wins came against players ranked outside the top 60, there is no consistency and the week in Sydney showed that.

I like Borna, I do think he has good qualities especially off the backhand however it’s been messy and a little too uptight. His forehand on the other hand is very open with his wingspan that it becomes a little predictable and lacking any power.

However, despite the forehand not being at its best and incredibly erratic it was the backhand that was a big issue. I’ve watched it back and pin-pointed the shot placement of the two handed backhand from Coric ageing Schwartzman.

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Backhand is too central in shot placement. What is it asking and there is no depth on it. 4 winners in the entire match off the backhand and they were all down the line when he could step in.

The lack of depth on the court and at times the erratic hitting sent the ball passed the baseline 11 times off the two handed backhand.

If anything, it is ‘too nice’. I have focused on the backhand here as it offered very little but the forehand was the same.

It’s one of those where I don’t know where he goes from here. He won the second most three set matches from a set down last year (13) but he rarely beat a top 30 opponent with over 50% of his wins against players outside the top 60.

A re-think is required. There needs to be a more ruthless streak in his game, he can’t go on battling for results and then huffing and puffing in others.

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