In tennis, leveling up is not a simple thing: injuries, technical and psychological stalls, unfulfilled expectations. In the best case, the level remains constant and a player can live a good career, top players apart. Borna Coric is at a time when progress is coming, perhaps slowly, and the improvement process must become more constant and more important.
At twenty-two-years-old, he is still young, but seeing the bulletin board of some of his countrymen like Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev, we can see how the Croatian got less than he could have achieved. However, as we said at the beginning of the article, improvements continue to arrive.
It is no coincidence that he comes from two consecutive fourth rounds in the Slams, between New York 2018 and Melbourne 2019 (his best results in the Majors). The Dubai semi-finals and the quarter-finals in Miami and Monte Carlo are the other highlights of his season.
Now it's time to make that qualitative leap that fans and insiders expect from him. The maturation process is taking place, but that extra leap is needed, which as always is the watershed dividing a good player from a champion.
Even between the clay swing and the grass season we could all see if these improvements will come. His tennis, if not threatened by injuries or physical problems, is effective on the grass and hard courts, but his skills should not be underestimated even on clay courts.
Despite Coric being a solid player, he also needs, above all, a great improvement in pressure management in the most delicate moments of the matches. This, in some cases, has been seen, but it must become a routine to be carried on consistently.
The last two tournaments have been encouraging, but the coming months will be very important for him and his young career.