Former world No. 12 Borna Coric said he was "super happy" after winning the Parma Challenger as he admitted he arrived to the tournament without high expectations. Coric, who underwent a shoulder surgery last May, was out for nearly a year before returning to action in March.
After struggling with his results on the main level, Coric decided to return to the Challenger Tour and try to find his game. Coric's decision to return to the Challenger Tour seemingly paid off as he made the Parma Challenger final, in which he defeated Elias Ymer 7-6 (4) 6-0 to win his first title since returning to action.
“The first set was probably one of the toughest I have ever played,” Coric said, as quoted on Tennis TourTalk. “I was a bit lucky in the end but I served well and I am very happy with the week. I was coming to Parma without high expectations, as I didn’t play my best tennis in the last few months.
I am super happy to finally win a tournament, which will give me some confidence for the future”.
Coric found his game in Parma, hopes to remain 'pain-free'
In the 10th game of the first set of the Parma final, Coric saved a set point on his serve and eventually forced a tie-break.
In the tie-break, Coric took a 6-2 lead before realizing his third set point to win the first set. After winning a tight first set, Coric broke Ymer three times in the second set and completed a straight-set win. “My game is slowly coming but I still need some time.
I showed that I can still play some good tennis and I can serve well with my shoulder. Now, the only goal is to play pain-free. That’s the most important thing,” Coric added. Winning Parma will certainly be a great boost of confidence for Coric, who is hoping to return to his old level in the rest of the season.