Borna Coric admitted that Stefanos Tsitsipas was the better player at the start of their Cincinnati final, but added that he was glad he was able to turn things around and win a «very difficult» final. In the Cincinnati Masters final, Coric defeated fourth seed Tsitsipas 7-6(0) 6-2 to win his first Masters title.
“It was a very, very tough game. At the beginning I wasn’t playing very well and he put a lot of pressure on me. But I started serving better and playing better and I was fighting hard,” Coric said after his victory, according to the ATP website.
«Then in the second set I thought I played the best set of the whole year.»
Coric beat Tsitsipas in straight sets
Coric got off to a very slow start to the match as Tsitsipas grabbed an early break and took a 3-0 lead.
But Coric was able to bounce back from a slow start, breaking Tsitsipas in game seven to cut the deficit to 4-3. In the next game, Coric saved three break points to tie the set at four games apiece. In the eleventh game, Coric missed a break point as the first set eventually ended in a tie break.
Tsitsipas started the tie break with a double fault and it seemed to be a huge mental blow as he did not earn a single point in the tie break. After winning a tight first set, Coric broke Tsitsipas twice in the second set to complete a straight-set victory.
“Thanks to my parents, who are not here, my sister and my team. It has been very hard for us,” added Coric. “With my physio, if I didn’t have it I wouldn’t be on the court… Then, of course, my tennis coach, Mate.
We have been working very hard and now we are here.” Coric, who was the 152nd ranked player last week, is now the 29th ranked player.