Among the Next Gen players, Borna Coric was one of the most insidious opponents for Roger Federer. The young Croatian managed to beat the 20-time Slam champion in the Halle final in 2018 and in the semifinal in Shanghai the same year.
The Swiss champion had also risked a lot at the Rome Masters 2019, but he won the decisive tiebreak after saving a couple of match points. “Roger Federer is the opponent I like playing most against. It’s always an unbelievable atmosphere against him,” Coric told Podcast Incubator.
“It wouldn’t be fair for me to pick anyone from the Big Three. I respect them all. Everything that they have done for the sport in general from the promotion to their success. I have won two tournaments. There is someone with 19 Grand Slams so it’s tough to pick any player from the group and specifically mention him,” Coric added.
Borna has great coordination and footwork, thus allowing him to move well laterally on the court. His style of play lends itself to having long rallies and wearing down his opponent from the baseline. He is punishing to players who drop the ball short, allowing him to take the ball on the rise and turn defense into offence effectively, earning him comparison to Novak Djokovic.
He has been lauded for his impressive mental fortitude in tough situations. His past coaches have been Željko Krajan (2014-2015), Thomas Johansson (2015), Miles Maclagan (2016), Ivica Ančić (2016-2017), Riccardo Piatti (2017-2019), and Antonio Veić (2019). He is currently coached by Martin Štěpánek.