Coach Ricardo Piatti 'proud' after pupil Borna Coric's breakthrough season

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Coach Ricardo Piatti 'proud' after pupil Borna Coric's breakthrough season

Rising Croatian star Borna Coric has made his coach Riccardo Piatti proud. The 22-year-old has had a breakthrough season on the tour this year. "I'm really proud of this year with Borna Coric. We made it up to the 12th position.

It's great working with him but it couldn't be the same without the invaluable work of an amazing team," Piatti wrote on Twitter. Coric's first big result of the 2018 season came at the Indian Wells Masters -- where he was edged out by Swiss Roger Federer in the semi-final in three sets.

The Croatian then reached the quarter-final at the Miami Masters before losing to eventual runner-up Alexander Zverev. Coric captured his first title of 2018 in style as he beat record nine-time Halle champion Federer in the final of the popular German grass-court tournament.

The Croatian fell just short of winning his maiden Masters 1000 title last month as he ended runner-up to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters final. Also, the 22-year-old was the second alternate at the Nitto ATP Finals -- but didn't make his debut at The O2 Arena during this past season-ending tournament edition as there were no withdrawals in the singles event.

Coric's season isn't over yet as he will be hoping to capture his maiden Davis Cup title this week when his side meets France in the final. Coric, who started the year ranked at No. 48 in the world, is now enjoying his career-high ranking of No.

12. Piatti also added that "the best is yet to come." Also read: Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori to play Nissin Food Dream Tennis exhibition