Borna Ćorić

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Borna Ćorić
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Ćorić at the 2016 French Open
Country (sports)  Croatia
Residence Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Born (1996-11-14) 14 November 1996 (age 20)
Zagreb, Croatia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2013
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Željko Krajan (2014–2015)
Thomas Johansson (2015)
Miles Maclagan (2016)
Ivica Ančić (2016-present)
Prize money $2,096,970
Singles
Career record 69–74 (48.25% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 33 (27 July 2015)
Current ranking No. 43 (19 June 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2015, 2016, 2017)
French Open 3R (2015, 2016)
Wimbledon 2R (2015)
US Open 2R (2014)
Doubles
Career record 3–9
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 413 (7 November 2016)
Current ranking No. 563 (24 April 2017)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (2016)
Last updated on: 21 November 2016.

Borna Ćorić (Croatian pronunciation: [bôːrna t͡ɕǒːrit͡ɕ]; born 14 November 1996) is a Croatian professional tennis player.[1] On July 27, 2015, he reached his best singles ranking of world No. 33. He is one of the most talented young tennis players.

Junior career[edit]

In 2013, Ćorić reached the semifinals of both the Australian and French Open junior events, before going on to win the boys' singles event at the US Open against Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in three sets. As a result, Ćorić moved to No. 1 in the junior rankings.[2][3] He also began playing on the ITF Futures circuit, winning five singles titles.

Professional career[edit]

2013[edit]

Ćorić made his debut at the 2013 Davis Cup, after he was selected for Croatia's World Group Play-off tie against Great Britain, with his first ever best-of-5 sets match against world number 3, Andy Murray. Despite showing promise, matching the Scot's level in the first 6 games, and breaking his serve in the third set, he would ultimately go on to lose in straight sets.

Ćorić at the 2013 US Open

2014[edit]

In April, Ćorić defeated no. 21 Jerzy Janowicz on the first day of Davis Cup, Croatia versus Poland. In May, he made the semifinals of the China Challenger, further improving his ranking.

In July, in the first round of the clay court event in Umag where he was playing with a wildcard, Ćorić scored another notable win over a top-50 player, beating seventh seed, no. 46 Édouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets. He beat qualifier Horacio Zeballos in the second round to reach his first ATP quarterfinal. In the quarterfinal, he faced second seed Fabio Fognini and lost in three sets. Ćorić entered the top 200 for the first time on July 28 after his run in Umag, at no. 194.

In August, Ćorić qualified for the main draw of the US Open, his first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam. He upset 29th seed Lukáš Rosol in the first round in straight sets, before falling to Víctor Estrella Burgos in the second round.

On 21 September, Ćorić won his first ATP Challenger Tour title in İzmir after a three-set win over no. 94, Malek Jaziri, and he entered the top 150 for the first time at the age of 17 and 10 months, at no. 140.

In October, he was given a wildcard for the Swiss Indoors, where he achieved his first victory over a top-20 player, no. 13 Ernests Gulbis, in straight sets. In the second round he beat no. 66 Andrey Golubev, and then went on to record the biggest victory of his career thus far, defeating world no. 3, Rafael Nadal, in the quarterfinals. His run to the semifinals launched him into the world's top 100 for the first time (at no. 93), becoming the youngest player to do so since Nadal in 2003.[4] In the semifinal, he lost to no. 28, David Goffin, in three sets.

In November, Ćorić won the ATP Star of Tomorrow, awarded by the ATP Awards, for being the youngest player in the top 100.[5]

2015[edit]

Ćorić began the season in Chennai, defeating Dutchman Robin Haase before losing to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka. At the Australian Open, Ćorić received his first ever direct entry into the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. He faced 29th seed Jérémy Chardy in the first round; however, he lost in four sets. In February, after losing to Sergiy Stakhovsky and Gilles Simon in the first round in Zagreb and second round in Marseille respectively, Ćorić made his second ATP 500 semifinal of his career in Dubai, defeating world number 3, Andy Murray, in straight sets in the quarterfinals, his second win over a top 5 player; this was despite Ćorić losing in the qualifying tournament, and requiring entrance into the main draw as a Lucky Loser.[6] In the semifinals, he lost to world number 2, Roger Federer, in straight sets.In March, Ćorić made his ATP 1000 main draw debut in BNP Paribas Open after winning two qualifying matches, he defeated Andreas Haider-Maurer in the opening round and then lost to Bernard Tomic. In Miami Open, he defeated Andreas Haider-Maurer again in first round and lost to David Goffin in the second round.

In April, Ćorić lost to Alexandr Dolgopolov in the opening round in Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. He then lost to Ivo Karlovic and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the second round in Bucharest and quarterfinal in Estoril. After failing in the qualifying round in Rome, Ćorić reached his first ATP 250 semifinal in Nice but converted none of 11 break points in the semifinal match and lost to Leonardo Mayer in Nice for the second straight years. At the 2015 French Open, Ćorić reached the third round in a Grand Slam for the first time after defeating No.38 Sam Querrey and the 18th seed Tommy Robredo. He then lost to No.37 Jack Sock in straight sets.

In June, Ćorić lost to Viktor Troicki in the first round in Stuttgart. Ćorić achieved his first grass court win by defeating Donald Young in the first round in Halle and then lost to Tomas Berdych. At the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, he defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky in the first round, then lost to 25th seed Andreas Seppi in the second. Both matches ran five sets.

In July, Ćorić lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinal in Umag and first round in Hamburg consecutively.

In August, Ćorić lost to the defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Montreal. After defeating one of his rivalries in junior periods, No.85 Alexander Zverev, he lost to Stan Wawrinka again in a close three sets in the second round in Cincinnati. 2015 Winston-Salem Open saw the first time that Ćorić attended an ATP tournament as a seeded player, where he reached the quarterfinal and lost to eventual champion Kevin Anderson. At the 2015 US Open, he lost in the first round to 8th seed Rafael Nadal in four sets.

In September, after winning an ATP Challenger in Brazil, Ćorić, representing Croatia, achieved two singles wins in 2015 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs against Brazil. In October, Ćorić lost to the second seed Kei Nishikori and the 14th seed Marin Cilic in the first round in Tokyo and second round in Shanghai Rolex Masters respectively. He then lost to Evgeny Donskoy and Kevin Anderson both in the opening rounds in two indoor tournaments, Moscow and Basel respectively. Ćorić ended his four match losing streak by defeating Fernando Verdasco in the opening round in Paris. After losing to world number three Andy Murray in the second round, Ćorić ended his 2015 season (at no. 44).

2016: First two ATP finals[edit]

Ćorić began the season in Chennai, where he reached his first ATP final, falling to Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets.[7] In January, he was named in Forbes' "30 Under 30" sports list for 2016.[8] At the 2016 Australian Open, he lost in the first round to Albert Ramos-Viñolas in straight sets. In March, Ćorić played for Croatia in Davis Cup tie against Belgium. He lost in a five-setter to David Goffin, but won the deciding point by defeating Kimmer Coppejans. In April, Ćorić reached his second ATP final in Marrakesh and failed again, losing to Federico Delbonis in straight sets. Ćorić reached the third round for a second consecutive year in Roland Garros, where he revenged 20th seed Bernard Tomic in the second round before failing to 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the third.

At the 2016 Cincinnati Masters, Ćorić scored his third career victory over a top ten player when he defeated former number one player Rafael Nadal in straight sets. It was his second career win over the Spaniard, both of which he achieved while still a teenager. Ćorić reached his first ATP 1000 quarter-final in Cincinnati Masters but was forced to retire when facing countryman and eventual champion Marin Cilic in the quarter-final match due to knee injury, which was also the first time that Ćorić retired during a match in his career. Ćorić retired again in the opening match in US Open when facing No.16 seed Feliciano Lopez.

Ćorić suffered a straight set loss to Richard Gasquet in the Davis Cup semi-final between France and Croatia. Ćorić then announced finishing his 2016 season and received a knee surgery.

2017: First ATP Title[edit]

In 2017, Ćorić won his first ATP title at the 2017 Grand Prix Hassan II by coming back from a set down to defeat Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets after saving five match points.

On May 12, 2017, at the Madrid Open, Ćorić defeated number one Andy Murray in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

Playing Style[edit]

Ćorić is a defensive baseliner. He is solid from both the forehand and backhand wing and moves well laterally on the court. His style of play lends itself to having long rallies and wearing down his opponent from the baseline. Due to the fact that he's born left-handed but plays on his right hand, the strengths in his game are in his movement and his two-handed backhand.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 10 January 2016 Aircel Chennai Open, Chennai, India Hard Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 10 April 2016 Grand Prix Hassan II, Marrakesh, Morocco Clay Argentina Federico Delbonis 2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 16 April 2017 Grand Prix Hassan II, Marrakesh, Morocco Clay Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber 5–7, 7–6(7–3), 7–5

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; played in a (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; won a (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or (NH) tournament not held.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current till 2017 French Open.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3 0%
French Open A A 3R 3R 2R 0 / 3 5–3 63%
Wimbledon A Q1 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
US Open A 2R 1R 1R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 3–4 2–4 1–2 0 / 11 7–11 39%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A 2R 3R 1R 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Miami Open A A 2R 1R 3R 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Madrid Open A A A 2R QF 0 / 2 4–2 67%
Italian Open A A Q2 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Canadian Open A A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Cincinnati Masters A A 2R QF 0 / 2 4–2 67%
Shanghai Masters A A 2R A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Paris Masters A A 2R A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 5–7 7–7 5–4 0 / 18 17–18 49%
National Representation
Summer Olympics Not Held 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Davis Cup PO PO 1R F 0 / 2 5–6 45%
Win–Loss 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–4 0–0 0 / 3 5–7 42%
Career Statistics
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 1
Finals 0 0 0 2 1 3
Overall Win–Loss 0–2 7–6 26–28 22–24 14–14 69–74
Year-end Ranking 303 102 44 48 48.25%

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

Season 2014 2015 2016 2017 Total
Wins 1 1 1 2 5
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score Ćorić
Rank
2014
1. Spain Rafael Nadal No. 3 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) QF 6–2, 7–6(7–4) 124
2015
2. United Kingdom Andy Murray No. 3 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard QF 6–1, 6–3 84
2016
3. Spain Rafael Nadal No. 5 Cincinnati, United States Hard 3R 6–1, 6–3 49
2017
4. Austria Dominic Thiem No. 8 Miami, United States Hard 2R 6–1, 7–5 62
5. United Kingdom Andy Murray No. 1 Madrid, Spain Clay 3R 6–3, 6–3 59

ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 8 (7 Titles)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challengers (2–0)
ITF Futures (5–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 2013 Great Britain F9, Bournemouth Clay United Kingdom Daniel Cox 6–7(4), 6–4, 6–3
Winner 2. 2013 Turkey F32, İzmir Hard France Enzo Couacaud 6–7(0), 7–6(1), 7–5
Winner 3. 2013 Turkey F33, İzmir Hard South Africa Tucker Vorster 6–4, 6–4
Winner 4. 2013 Nigeria F1, Lagos Hard Croatia Ante Pavić 6–4, 6–3
Winner 5. 2013 Turkey F51, Istanbul Hard (I) Turkey Barış Ergüden 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 2014 China F4, Chengdu Hard China Wu Di 4–6, 2–6
Winner 6. 2014 İzmir, Turkey Hard Tunisia Malek Jaziri 6–1, 6–7(7–9), 6–4
Winner 7. 2015 Barranquilla, Colombia Clay Brazil Rogério Dutra Silva 6–4, 6–1

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2013 US Open Hard Australia Thanasi Kokkinakis 3–6, 6–3, 6–1

Award[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ATP Profile". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Croatians Coric, Konjuh win junior US Open titles". The Washington Post. September 8, 2013. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Hrvati poharali US Open! Konjuh i Ćorić pobjednici juniorskih turnira!" (in Croatian). Index. September 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ Herman, Martyn (1 November 2014). "Teenager Coric is a man on a mission". Reuters. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Federer wins sportsmanship award". ESPN. Associated Press. November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Nerveless Coric Takes Out Murray In Dubai". ATP. 26 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Stan Wawrinka beats Borna Coric in Chennai final". BBC. January 10, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Coric Named In Forbes' 30 Under 30 Sports List". atpworldtour.com. January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Czech Republic Jiří Veselý
ATP Star of Tomorrow
2014
Succeeded by
Germany Alexander Zverev