It was just the other day I tweeted saying Borna Coric impressed against Londero and would be interesting to see how far he could go in the competition. It does feel like Borna has been around for some time but he is only 23 and has probably just had the biggest major win of his career.
In his early career he did record wins over Murray and Nadal but this is probably one of his most significant at a Grand Slam.
In all honesty, I didn’t really see this result coming from Coric. I’ve found in the past especially the last year or so that we see glimpses and not the full performance and this was the full performance.
Going a set down is tough in a major especially against someone who plays with as much intensity as Stefanos does.
Two sets to one down and 1-5 down in the fifth set but he managed to turn it around saving an incredible six match points and going onto win in five sets in 4 hours and 38 minutes against one of the tournament favourites.
A big part of Borna’s game has always been his forehand, he has quite a big open stance on his forehand and it sometimes has gone against him. I have found it a little predictable and easily read by opponents, it can be such a long build up that he isn’t doing himself favours but on Ashe on these fast courts he mixed it up really well.
It’s the looping forehand which is his go to shot and it can be super effective. We saw just a few days ago for a couple of sets how Nishioka lofted his forehand high and deep into the court against Andy Murray and got a lot of joy off this but went onto lose to the former champion.
Coric played this shot not consistently throughout the match but when it mattered he turned. 1-5 down and two sets to one down you do start thinking, how long have I got left out here? He just put the accelerator on was a menace stepping into the court with the forehand and dictating play.
In pressure moments on big stages against big players not many people have done better than Tsitsipas since the beginning of last year. I was in Melbourne for his victory against Federer and I was court side in Madrid when he beat Nadal, he then went onto win the tour finals in London. This pressure moment he fell.
Hats off to Borna Coric, he is still only 23 years old and could go onto do soo much on the tour in the next 12 years or more. It’s an important time for him now and he delivered last night and has a place in the quarter final at stake on Sunday now.