A few years ago, when Coric started to compete and win with the best players, I really thought he is going to be the first from the new generation who will shine. Due to his fighting spirit and clear shot making, he had all that it takes to succeed.
But then his knee surgery blew all his progress away, all his momentum. Since then, he is just showing his quality in small portions, here and there. But he is very inconsistent and unpredictable.
In three tournaments he managed only one victory. He lost in the opener at his last two events, Shanghai and Moscow. And that’s not the most alarming thing, but his opponents were very modest. The Croat lost in Shanghai against Henri Laaksonen, a player which at 25 just managed to break in the top 100, and now with Dudi Sela, a player who never won a title in his career.
The worrying fact is not that he is not playing good, but that he can’t maintain that rhythm. He still has quality, but his inconsistency is slowly killing his young career.
In his first round match with Sela, Coric started with confidence. The Next Gen Star broke the Israelite’s serve from first try and seemed in control. But Dudi Sela started combining his shots more, increased the speed of play, attacked and came often to the net. The young Croat was deprived of his shot preparation and had to always hit from running.
Borna was often too slow to react to Sela’s speed. He became a spectator during many points. He made a lot of unforced errors and hit the balls often too short and predictable. He was just not able to adapt. He looked lost.
Constantly pushed back, the Croat saw himself lead by 4-1 in the second set. He started to come to the net more often and tried to vary his shots, but it was too little, too shy, too late. Coric continued to hit a lot of balls widely outside the court and couldn’t read Sela’s serve. He had to admit his defeat today in front of a better player, in terms of tactic, consistency, flexibility and speed. Dudi Sela won convincingly, 6-3, 6-2.
Where is Coric’s career heading to? It’s a pity to see such a talent go to waste.