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Borna Coric Eyes Grand Slam Breakthrough In Bid To Crack Top 10 In 2019

The world No.12 has outlined his goals for 2019 ahead of this weekends Davis Cup final.

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Croatian No.2 Borna Coric has said that it is his ‘absolute priority’ to perform better in grand slam tournaments as he aims to capitalize on a successful 2018 season next year.

The 22-year-old is currently at a ranking high of 12 in the ATP rankings. This year he won his first ATP 500 title in Halle and reached his first Masters final in Shanghai. Coric has also managed to score six wins over top 10 players, including two over Roger Federer. Overall, he has achieved a win-loss record of 39-20 on the tour.

“I have improved on practically everything, it was important for me to gain a couple of kilos of muscle weight, it has allowed me to adapt my style of play a little, to be more aggressive, and the experience accumulated in a few seasons has made me a player much more mature, both physically and mentally,” Coric said during a recent interview with Sport Klub.

Coric, who defeated Rafael Nadal at the age of 17, is hoping to continue making waves on the tour with the help of his team. He is coached by Riccardo Piatti and Kristijan Schneider. Piatti, who has previously worked with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic, is Coric’s main coach who doesn’t travel to every event. Meanwhile, Schneider does travel to most of the events. His manager is former world No.3 Ivan Ljubičić.

Coric’s 2018 season in review :-
Titles – (1) Halle
Runner-up – (1) Shanghai Masters
Semi-finals – (1) Indian Wells
Quarter-finals – (4) Dubai, Doha, Miami and Vienna

Currently plotting his strategy for next year, Coric is eager to break through in the grand slams in order to climb into the world’s top 10. This year he fell in the first round in two out of the four major events. His best run was at the US Open where he reached the fourth round before going out to Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets. That was also the first time he had reached the last 16 of grand slam.

“To achieve this (entering the top 10) I must perform much better in the Grand Slams, they will be the absolute priority in 2019.” He said.
“When the year ends, I will take about 20 days off. I will play the Australian Open in 2019 but before, I will sit down with my team to analyse all aspects to improve.’
“We will look at won, lost matches and we will make decisions based on what we are talking about.”

Coric will return to action this weekend to play in the Davis Cup final between Croatia and France in Lille. He missed out on the opportunity to play in the 2016 final after undergoing knee surgery.

“I expect a very good match, quality players are here, 30,000 fans and a great atmosphere. It’s played on the clay, so it will be a little bit longer than usual.” Said Coric.
“I hope to win, this is our goal – in 2016 we could not get to the trophy, now I think we have a strong team and I hope that we will succeed.”

The Davis Cup final will get underway on Friday.

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Two Clear Favourites As Miami Open Gets Underway

A closer look at the odds in the men’s draw at this year’s Miami Open.

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The US dominated last year’s proceedings in southern Florida by running away with every single title on offer. The Men’s and Women’s singles, as well as the Men’s doubles and half of the Women’s doubles team all claimed standout victories in last year’s 2018 Miami Open.

According to the bookmakers playing on home soil won’t make one bit of difference this time round. The odds are backing Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as stand out favourites to take home this year’s 2019 Miami Open Men’s Singles title.

Novak Djokovic has been altogether dominant since winning his first title in the competition back in 2007. This year’s number one seed has won an incredible six titles since that first taste of victory in Miami 12 years ago.

Last year’s tournament was a disappointing affair for the Serbian Grand Slam master, who was promptly dumped out by Frenchman Benoit Paire in the second round. The bookmakers have got Djokovic as standout favourite at 11/8 to bounce back and claim his seventh title in Miami this March.

Another outright favourite is Roger Federer who also had a disappointing tournament last year. Sharing a similar experience to archrival Djokovic the Swiss crashed out in the second round. Federer will be looking to bounce back from a recent defeat in the final at Indian Wells to get back to winning ways.

To back either of the favourites to win this year’s Miami Open Men’s Singles title be sure to compare betting sites for the best odds, bonuses and betting advice. Djokovic and Federer may have underperformed last year but their overall records speak volumes. The greats don’t often go off the boil for too long.

One player who won’t be too bothered by Federer’s three Miami Men’s Singles titles is Dominic Thiem who beat the Swiss in the final at Indian Wells last Sunday. Thiem is currently sixth favourite at 20/1 and has risen to an career record fourth in the world rankings.

One notable withdrawal from this year’s competition is five time finalist Rafael Nadal. Nadal has pulled out due to injury for the second year in a row. The last time he competed he was beaten in the final by Federer back in 2017.

Also missing his second consecutive Miami Open is Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro. Del Potro looked to be making a comeback until he was forced to exit the competition only hours before the tournament got underway.

Those two high profile omissions seem to have affected a marginal drop in the odds.

Other notable favourites still in contention are 2016 finalist Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and last year’s finalist Alexander Zverev all placed at around 15/1. Last year’s champion John Isner is an outsider bet at 50/1.

What’s for sure is that the big boys definitely have something to prove down in the heat and humidity of southern Florida this time round. Both are looking to recover some composure on US soil after defeats in California as of late.

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Roger Federer: “I am not too disappointed after my defeat against Dominic Thiem in Indian Wells”

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Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer was not too disappointed after losing the Indian Wells final against Dominic Thiem last Sunday.

Roger Federer lost the Indian Wells final for the fourth time in his career after finishing runner-up in 2014, 2015 and 2018. Last year he did not convert three championship point against Juan Martin Del Potro.

“I am not too disappointed. I feel like he had to come up with the goods, and it felt like to some extent it was on my raquet. I just came up against somebody who was a bit better when it really mattered. That’s how it goes. Sure, it’s frustrating, disappointing and sad to some extent. I have been in these positions so many times that I get over it very quickly. I feel like I am actually playing good tennis. Like in Australia, I was not too down on myself because I feel like my game is there. My body is there. That keeps me upbeat, and I feel it’s a privilege when I feel this way leaving a tournament. I have been playing every single day for the past three weeks. I can be very happy and proud of that fact. I feel really good”, said Federer after the final against Thiem in Indian Wells.

Federer congratulated with Thiem, who won his maiden Maiden 1000 title in the Californian desert after losing his previous two finals in the series in Madrid on his favourite clay surface.

“I am happy with Dominic, winning his first Masters 1000 title, as well. It’s a massive event to win. I just got my 100th title in Dubai and I had a great week. There is no reason to get down. There is more to look forward to Miami”.

This season Federer has a positive record of 12 wins in his 14 matches and lifted the 100th title of his career beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in Dubai.

Federer is looking forward to the Miami Open where he headlines the bottom half of the draw. Federer, who won three titles in Miami in 2005, 2006 and 2017, will take on either Matthew Eden from Australia or a qualifier in the second round and could renew his battle against his compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the third round for the second consecutive tournament after winning their recent all-Swiss clash in Indian Wells in straight sets last week. Federer leads 22-3 in his 25 head-to-head clashes against Wawrinka. Wawrinka beat Federer three times in clay court matches in Monte-Carlo in 2009 and in the 2014 final and Roland Garros in 2015 and is chasing his first win on hard court against his compatriot.

“I think Stan knows that he is very close and it’s just a matter of time until he is going to break through again”,said Federer after their most recent clash at Indian Wells.

Federer could face Danil Medvedev in the Round of 16, Kevin Anderson or Karen Khachanov in the quarter final and a semifinal against either Stefanos Tsitsipas or last year’s Miami finalist Alexander Zverev.

 

 

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Nikola Mektic and Horacio Zeballos lift their maiden Masters 1000 title as a title in Indian Wells

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Unseeded Nikola Mektic from Croatia and Horacio Zeballos won their first doubles title as a team after beating Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 4-6 6-4 10-3.

Kubot and Melo drew the first blood by getting an early break in the first game, but Mektic and Zeballos broke straight back in the second game. Mektic and Zeballos fended off two break points in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Kubot and Melo went up a break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. The Polish and Brazilian team fended off a break point before serving out for the first set in the 10th game.

Mektic and Zeballos were not able to convert any of their two break points in the fourth game of the second set, but they held their service games easily and broke serve in the 10th game on the deciding point forcing the match to the decisive Match tie-break. Mektic and Zeballos cruised through to winning the tie-break 10-3 clinching their maiden doubles title as a team. Zeballos and Mektic won 40 % of their return points.

Earlier this week Mektic and Zeballos saved two match points in a match tie-break against this year’s Australian Open Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut before beating Colombian doubles specialists Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the quarter finals and Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic in the semifinal.

“It’s unbelievable. Being in the big press conference, it’s great. I have never been in this room. I love it”,said Zeballos in the post match press conference.

“Oh my God, we won Indian Wells. We are a great team. We can beat anyone. Especially on this tournament where the difference is a few balls. A few points will decide who is going to win. Of course you are not expecting to win, but we are going into every match confident that we can win, so we just went step by step and it happened”, said Mektic.

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