Youngster Borna Coric’s star continues to rise. The 18-year-old from Croatia beat Rafael Nadal last fall and today he earned his second “Big Four” scalp stunning Andy Murray in routine fashion 61, 63 in the quarterfinals at Dubai today.
“[It’s] one of the biggest wins, for sure,” said Coric who won the US Open juniors in 2013. “I was just trying to maintain my level, stay in the rallies as long as I can, which I was doing really well. I was also running very well.
“I’m still a little bit struggling with the best players when they are playing really good obviously. I always need to be on 100%, and when I’m on 100 per cent, mentally [and] also tennis wise, then I think I can play with them.”
Coric, who has a game similar to Novak Djokovic’s (the Serb agrees!), actually lost in the Dubai qualification to Fabrice Martin, but earned a berth in the main draw via a “lucky loser” designation.
Murray, who made the finals at Australia earlier this month and beat Coric a few years ago in Davis Cup, left impressed with his improvements.
“He makes good decisions on the court,” said Murray. “He’s stronger now. He serves a bit better. His ranking would suggest that he’s made some big improvements.”
Coric, who turns 19 in November, is currently ranked a career-high Np. 84 this week and he’s the youngest player in the Top 100 – he may not be the best, but he does have the best ranking in his peer group. He will now try to beat his third Big Four member tomorrow as he plays Roger Federer.
Here are the highlights from Coric’s win over Murray today:
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