Borna Coric has an impressive week in Indian Wells. His dream run is supported by his inspired tennis and fighting spirit.
The Croat defeated World number 9, Kevin Anderson, in the Quarterfinal, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3). The Next Gen star lost his previous three meetings with the South African.
In order to get to this stage of the tournament, the unseeded youngster won against two seeded players, Albert Ramos Vinolas (19th seed, 22 ATP) and Roberto Bautista Agut (13th seed, 16 ATP). The later won two tournaments this year.
The 21 years old was one of the most promising young players a few years ago, until he got injured. After his knee surgery he struggled for form and consistency, even though he finally won his first title last year.
Kevin Anderson started the match with a lot of confidence and dictated the rhythm in the first set. But in the second, Coric started to fight back and run for every point. He took risks and it paid off.
Anderson is the third seeded player (7th seed, 9 ATP) that Coric is defeating in this event.
The Next Gen star booked a place in his first Masters’ Semifinal, where he will encounter the ultimate challenge, World number 1, Roger Federer. The pair previously met only once, three years ago in Dubai, where the Swiss was victorious.