The Baseline Player of the Week: Borna Coric

Doug Mendoza
October 18, 2018

The 31-year-old will leapfrog Roger Federer into second in the world when the rankings are released on Monday but will not stop there as the season reaches its climax.

The 14-time grand slam champion has won Wimbledon and the US Open this year, but would rate heading into 2019 as the world number one as his greatest feat of the season.

"He didn't give me many chances on his serve, and for me to stay with him, I should have maybe done a better job on my own serve". He previously shared the record of winning three Shanghai titles with Andy Murray.

It is all a far cry from just 5 months ago, when Djokovic fell to 22nd in the world as he struggled following elbow surgery in February. Serving, I think, it's okay, could be even a little bit better.

Having put on a stellar display to best Roger Federer in the semi-finals, Coric was never a match for the red-hot Serb, with the latter racing to a 4-2 lead within 25 minutes, with the average rally length for the first six games being just six shots.

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He had his first sniff of an opportunity with a break point in the sixth game of the second set, but second seed Djokovic survived when Coric again fired wide. It's all very, very positive, for more than ten years that I have been coming to China. "I don't think I'm beating anyone with that, to be honest", said the fourth seed. With the real battle in front of him come the final, Coric stumbled at the last hurdle to hand over Djokovic the trophy with relative ease.

And following this latest win, Djokovic watched as Coric apologised to the crowd for not being able to speak their native language before stepping up to the microphone and reeling off flawless Chinese in his acceptance speech. "I was playing good, really, I was really happy how I played", he said.

Coric, who has only two career titles, has now beaten Federer twice - the previous time was in the final at Halle this year.

Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska said on Sunday she was dreaming of a Grand Slam after she crushed Chinese number one Wang Qiang 6-2, 6-1 at the Hong Kong Open to claim her first ever title.

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