ATP gave him the Star of tomorrow Cup in 2014. Great talent and amazing fighting spirit. Compared with the likes of Novak Djokovic. Won against names like Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray. But his career never reached the highs foreseen. Why?
His progress seemed a continuous one, until his knee surgery from 2016. What a bummer.
Borna is a defensive baseliner, so he likes to stay in long rallies with his opponents. His main weapons are his movement and backhand. He has a great fighting spirit. His flaws are his serve and inconsistency. He needs to work on his mental power, because even though he is a redoubtable fighter, he is losing his patience and control when his tactics don’t work.
After his knee surgery, the Croat never lived up to the expectations. Even though he won his first title this year in Marrakech, this campaign was plagued by terrible loses and inconsistency. But this event that he won, he played really inconsistent through out, losing his serve many times and making a lot of unforced errors. He was fortunate to play on clay, a slow surface, that allowed him to fight and regroup.
A lot of first round losses. His last two tournaments, St. Petersburg and Chendu, ended up abruptly, losing in the first round to Jan-Lennard Struff and Guido Pella.
He mannaged a few great wins against the then number 1, Andy Murray, Austria’s finest, Dominic Thiem and the Next Gen Superstar, Sascha Zverev. But he never build on that momentum.
Let’s hope this is just a transition year, in which he comes back from his knee surgery. I would hate to see such a great talent go to waste.