September 7, 2020 — Tomorrow, Croatian Borna Ćorić faces Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals of the Men’s singles tournament in the Grand Slam tennis competition. This is Ćorić‘s highest ever achievement in professional competition since turning pro in 2013.
Success in the US Open first came to Zagreb-born Borna Ćorić at sixteen years of age, winning the Juniors tournament in 2013, which moved him to the number one boys’ tennis player in the world at that time.
Seven years later, his US Open triumph has struck once again.
Ćorić notched a quick win in three straight sets to defeat Australian Jordan Thompson in the fourth round, in an easy 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 tally for the Croat. Both men walked off the court after an hour of play due to the determination of Ćorić to move on to the next round.
Ranked 27th in the world at the moment, Ćorić looks to change that tomorrow against Zverev. It is no surprise that the US Open’s twitter account is promoting the match in such a hyped fashion.
“Alex Zverev is rolling, Borna Coric is revitalized, This one is sure to be fun” reads the post.
German Contender Zverev Ranked Fifth in World
Zverev is indeed a tough match for Ćorić, as the German currently ranks fifth in the world. However, Ćorić exemplified this year his knack for knocking off high-ranked players.
After delivering a crushing defeat to number two in the world, Austrian Dominic Thiem, in the ATP Cup back in January this year, Ćorić now has nine wins to his name over players ranked in the top 5 in the world Men’s tennis rankings, also known as the FedEx ATP rankings.
On top of that, Ćorić leads Zverev in their head-to-head series, defeating the German thrice while falling once in defeat. However, the Croat insists that it will be a difficult match regardless of what the numbers may say.
“I was watching all of his matches [this week] and I thought he was playing some of his best tennis,” Ćorić said. “It’s going to be a very interesting match.”
Croatia Eyes on Ćorić After Thiem Defeated Čilić
Back home in Croatia, all eyes are on Ćorić. Their hopes of winning another Grand Slam tournament evaporated after fellow Croat Marin Čilić fell to Dominic Thiem in the third round in a four-set match.
“I think the quick start was more because of him. He had two very tough rounds and was a little bit slow in the beginning. I took all of my chances,” Thiem said on court after the match. “Today was a good win against a great champion, so that should give me a boost.”
Čilić is no stranger to the US Open, becoming the first ever Croat to win the tournament back in 2014. Back then, he easily beat Japanese Kei Nishikori in straight sets. Six years later, 23-year-old Ćorić looks to repeat Čilić’s success and bring another title to his home country. Hopefully, he’ll be one step further tomorrow after the match against Zverev.
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