Borna Coric was up 7-5, 4-2 in his first Masters 1000 semi-final ever, against Roger Federer in Indian Wells. Then the Swiss came back to reach his 147th career final. In the press conference, the 21-year-old Croatian admitted he was 'very close' to winning.
'He stayed in the match very, very long, and I just couldn't keep it up anymore. At 4-3, he played very smart, I think, and I missed couple shots, and that's it. Then again in the third set, I had two times break.
But that's why he's champion.' Further talking about Federer's style of play, Coric stated, 'I think he doesn't have a weak part of his game, obviously.
But, at the beginning, he was missing a lot. He was not playing great. But again, I was playing also good, so it was kind of both. In my opinion he was not playing great, and many players would lose the match, you know, very quickly.
But he stayed in the match and he pushed me. He basically, you know, he said to me, Okay, you need to win the match. I'm not going to give the match to you. Many other players would just give the match away, and he didn't do it.' About his own performance, Coric said, 'It was a great match, definitely.
I was really surprised how well I played, how much pressure I was putting on him, and I was also enjoying it. I was pushing him to the limits. He pushed me to the limits, for sure. It was very enjoying, but at the same time, it was tough.
It doesn't feel great to lose this match, but I know that's tennis. And I need to look at it from the positive side, definitely, just the whole tournament, and this match, as well.' On moving onward to the Miami Open, Coric noted, 'I was playing great for the whole tournament.
I made a very good result. But again, it doesn't mean anything. It's a completely new tournament. All the new conditions. It's much hotter', he said about playing in Key Biscayne. 'It has more humidity, which changes a lot.
So let's see what it brings. I think I'm playing very good tennis not only in this tournament. I think I was playing very solid in Dubai, in Davis Cup, you know. Only in Australia, I was not playing good. I think the momentum is up, definitely.
You know, hopefully, I can stay healthy, and I can continue to play like that. How I'm going to play in Miami or Monte-Carlo, I don't know, but I'm going to give my best, for sure. I'm going to try to do the same things, shall try to focus on myself and just see what's gonna happen.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer is much more vulnerable in defense, says Jeremy Chardy .