Down a break in the first set, Borna Coric never gave and fought back and eventually won the biggest title of his career, topping Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(0), 6-2 to capture the Cincinnati Masters crown.
“I have no words, to be honest. It’s just unbelievable feeling. Like I said many times, I just going to enjoy this,” Coric said. “I thought I could play well. I was training hard, and I knew I could play good tennis, but that I could play this level tennis, I was just not aware. I’m just super happy.”
Ranked No. 152, Coric becomes the lowest-ranked player to win a Masters since the series began in 1990 — he gained entry via a Top 30 protected ranking based off his year away from tour to rehab from shoulder surgery.
Coric, still just 25, had never been to a Masters final, but this week in stunning fashion defeated Lorenzo Musetti, Rafael Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut, Felix Auger-Aliassime and yesterday Cameron Norrie before his win over the Greek. That’s four Top 10 players!
Tsitsipas, who was appearing in his sixth Masters final, falls to 0-2 in hard court Masters finals. The 24-year-old Tsitsipas opened on a roll dropped just a handful of points to race out to a commanding 4-1 lead. But a few miscues set Tsitsipas off his mark and Coric took hold, played a perfect tiebreaker and ran away with his third career title and by far the biggest moment of his career.
“It was a very, very tough match. At the beginning I wasn’t playing very well and he was pushing me very hard. But I started to serve better and play better and I was fighting hard,” Coric said on court. “Then in the second set I thought I played the best set of the whole year.”
"I was not ready for this speech five days ago – I thought I was going to lose in the first round." @borna_coric 😂 pic.twitter.com/mvEl1vdlJg
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 21, 2022
“Borna, congratulations man. You have been kicking my ass the last couple of times. Very good for you. Keep working hard man,” Tsitsipas said on court.
“I’m still looking for the answer myself. I don’t have a clear answer,” Tsitsipas later added. “He was obviously the opposite of what I was, very much involved. Sometimes it makes you not be that much present in the moment when you’re too relaxed.
“I think he was serving well. He was making me move a lot. I could have used my chances in the first set. I don’t know why I didn’t. I rushed a little bit.”
Coric’s ranking will jump from No. 152 to No. 29, and just like that he’ll be seeded at the US Open.
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Wonderful result, I love seeing players come back from injuries.and keep trying Stephano you’ll get there 👊🏻❤️
August 22nd, 2022 at 9:23 am