Borna Coric ended the season as the world No. 12. The 22-year-old made some huge progress this year reaching his maiden Masters 1000 final at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. In a recent interview, Coric said: 'I improved basically in everything.
It was important for me to gain a couple of muscles weight, which allowed me to deliver my ideal gamestyle and be more aggressive. Also, the experience earned over the years made me a much more mature player, both physically and mentally.
And for the first time I have been working for more than two years with the same coaches (Riccardo Piatti and Sneijder), which gives consistency.' Speaking about the next season, the Croat added: 'In order to achieve it I have to perform better in the Grand Slams.
It will be the main priority in 2019,' said Coric, who will only play the World Tennis Challenge as the only Australian Open warm-up. 'When the year ends, I will take a 20-day rest, I will play directly the 2019 Australian Open but before that, I will sit with my team to analyze well all the aspects to improve.
We will review matches won, lost and we will take decisions accordingly.' About Novak Djokovic, Coric finally concluded: 'The best thing of him is that he is a humble person and very educated one, with an amazing work ethic.
The way he lives tennis and works to be better every day.' Coric is playing the Davis Cup final for Croatia against France in Lille this weekend. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title