Stefanos Tsitsipas described Borna Coric as a Daniil Medvedev with more strength following their Cincinnati Masters final. On Sunday, Tsitsipas fell short in his bid to win his second Masters title of the year. In the Cincinnati final, Coric surprised fourth-seeded Tsitsipas 7- 6 (0) 6-2 to win his maiden Masters title.
After the final, Tsitsipas was asked whether he had noticed any changes to Coric’s game compared to their previous meetings. “Well, I don’t know,” Tsitsipas said, per Musab Abid. “I mean, he plays the same way he always used to play.
Hasn’t changed much. He has great groundstrokes. Never comes to the net. Just like a very solid baseliner. Returns well. If he’s on a good day, he serves really well. Today he served pretty well. I have witnessed better serves from him in terms of consistency, but he does these two things well: serve, groundstrokes, baseline game.
The less he misses, the more he makes your life difficult. He’s like a Daniil Medvedev almost but hitting the ball a bit harder, adding a bit more topspin to the ball, opening the court. Basically, his ball has a little bit more weight to it when it comes off your strings.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas on Borna Coric:
“The less he misses, the more he makes your life difficult. He’s like a Daniil Medvedev almost but hitting the ball a bit harder, adding a bit more topspin to the ball, opening the court.
Tsitsipas loses to Coric again
Following their latest match, Coric now has a 2-1 head-to-head record versus Tsitsipas.
The two met for the first time at the Rome Masters in 2018, when Tsitsipas had a 4-1 before Coric decided to retire the match. At the 2020 US Open, Coric produced one of the most stunning comeback wins of the season. Tsitsipas, who was one of the favorites for the US Open title that year, was up by two sets and had a 5-1 lead in the fourth set.
Coric, who was the big underdog in that match, somehow recovered and managed to beat Tsitsipas in five sets. This past Sunday, Coric and Tsitsipas clashed for the first time since their stunning 2020 US Open match.