The 23-year-old Borna Coric has been one of the most prominent players of the Next Gen group, making a professional debut at the age of 15 and becoming world no. 1 junior after conquering the US Open in 2013. Borna won the first Futures title earlier that year at only 16, taking even more significant steps forward in the next season when he claimed the first Challenger crown and defeated Rafael Nadal at the ATP 500 event in Basel en route to the semi-final, still at 17.
Coric cracked the top-50 in 2015 and repeated a similar season in the next two seasons, lifting his first ATP trophy in Marrakech in April 2017. Ready to chance even bigger dreams, Borna won 40 matches on the Tour in 2018, playing on a high level and standing at the verge of the top-10 after winning the title in Halle and with other notable results.
The Croat couldn't repeat that in the season behind us and it is not surprising that he spoke about some victories from 2018 as his finest hours on the Tour so far. First of all, Coric mentioned the Davis Cup title he won with Croatia at the end of the season, beating France in Lille after a brilliant performance on indoor clay court.
Borna took down Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 in two hours and 19 minutes in the opening rubber before Marin Cilic earned two more triumphs to seal the deal and secure the second Davis Cup title for Croatia, the first in 13 years.
Back in June, Borna grabbed his first and only ATP 500 trophy in Halle, heading to the event with two ATP wins on the fastest surface but playing great tennis that week to go all the way. In the final, Borna took down the nine-time champion Roger Federer in three sets, hanging in to survive two opening sets and delivering mighty tennis in the third to cross the finish line first, despite the fact Roger claimed eight points more than him.
In October, Borna toppled Roger again, this time in the semi-final in Shanghai en route to his first Masters 1000 final, losing it to Novak Djokovic in straight sets and earning enough points to become world no. 13 on Monday.
Coric is off to a slow start so far in 2020, losing in the opening match in Buenos Aires and hoping for a better run in Rio de Janeiro next week. "In this order, these are three most important moments of my career so far: 2018 Davis Cup title, victory over Roger Federer in the final in Halle 2018 and the final of the Shanghai Masters in the same year that I lost to Novak Djokovic," said Coric.