The next Djokovic? Borna Coric

14886453069_baf08dcb32_o.jpgName: Borna Coric
Age: 19
Born: Croatia
Similar playing style to: Novak Djokovic

 

I thought I’d start this blog off with my favourite up and coming star.

Coric has a tattoo on his arm that reads: “There is nothing worse in life than being ordinary” he certainly isn’t ordinary. The Croatian teenager clearly does not lack in confidence; but he has the pedigree to back it up. Furthermore, Goran Ivanisevic is backing his protege Coric to hit the very top of the sport.

 After winning the 2013 junior US Open championships, Coric defeated world number 1 Andy Murray in straight sets at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, before losing his semi-final to Roger Federer.

 Coric started 2016 excellently in Chennai, only losing to Stan Wawrinka in the final. Onto the French Open, Coric overcame Taylor Fritz in a close match before securing his biggest win to date over Bernard Tomic in round 2. Just from watching that match, you knew he was something special. To dispose of a top 30 player in that fashion was a real sign of how good this man can be.

Coric also performed to a ridiculous standard for his young age in Cinciatti, on his favoured hard court. Coric battled his way past Beniot Paire and Nick Kyrgios in the opening two rounds, then utterly destroyed Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-3, it’s hard to remember he’s only 19.

Knee injuries halted Coric’s great year, meaning he had to pull out of The US Open. Although he still broke into the worlds top 50, becoming the second fastest player ever to do so, behind Djokovic.

Coric will be hoping for an injury free season in 2017, and continue his climb to the very top. He looks like the next Djokovic in everything he does. His performances over Murray, Tomic and Nadal were nothing short of amazing, taking into account his lack of experience on the big stage. I really hope he manages to stay clear of injuries, because I think we have a ‘future superstar’ in Borna Coric.

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