Rising superstar Borna Coric got into some warm water over the weekend by declaring himself to be the best the best of his generation. Speaking to the Times of India from the Chennai event, the 18-year-old was full of confidence.
“When I’m at my best I am more like Djokovic game wise, when I’m not, I’m more like Murray.” Talking about his game, Coric said: “I think my game is quite similar to Djokovic’s. I move well, I don’t miss many balls, I’m a fighter and my backhand is my best shot. Currently, I’m the best of my generation. Making the top 50 within the next few months seems a realistic goal for me now.”
Today, though, Coric backtracked on that statement via facebook:
“I would like to take this opportunity to clarify a statement in an interview I gave for The Times of India while playing in Chennai. Some of my quotes were misinterpreted. First, regarding ‘the best in my generation’, in and around my age group we are so lucky to have a cluster of super talented contemporaries who have most definitely pushed each and everyone of us to become better over the years. We all have a healthy rivalry. As it happens at this specific moment I have the best ranking of all the players my age but as we know in tennis that could change in 1 week as it did on many occasions between us last year. I respect all of them. Nothing is for certain in this sport and I respect each and everyone of them.
“Secondly, my comparison with some of the best players in the world was taken out of context. All I wanted to say is that I am naturally a defensive player. In order to be better, I need to work on being aggressive as much as possible. In this statement they were supposed to use as examples, but I was not quoted the way I wanted. I utterly respect players who are amongst the best of our era and multiple Grand Slam champions and I in no way meant to be disrespectful in anyway.”
Alexander Zverev, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nyck Kygrios are some of the teens making noise in the pro ranks. Coric, who like Kyrgios also beat Nadal, is considered by some to be the best of the bunch.
Ranked No. 95, Coric in the youngest player in the Top 100. He is scheduled to play top seed and defending champion Stan Wawrinka in the second round at Chennai today.
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