This time last year Borna Coric found himself on the losing side of a three set thriller against an impressive Alexander Dolgopolov in the first round of Monte-Carlo now the teenager returns looking for his first win on the clay in Monaco but faces a very tricky test in Philipp Kohlschreiber who is a clay court specialist.
Coric comes into the tournament on some good form making the final of Marrakesh last week before losing to Delbonis in straight sets but is still searching for his first title and will have to come up with something extra special against Kohlschreiber to secure his first win at Monte-Carlo.
It’s no surprise that Philipp’s last 5 finals have been on clay and 4 of his 6 career titles have been won on the dirt. If I had to describe Kohlschreiber in one word on a clay court then that word is ‘volcano’. He’s happy to sit quiet in rallies and all off a sudden produces an incredible shot and devastates his opponent. You have to remain patient against a player like Philipp and sometimes I do think that Coric can get frustrated on the court and lose focus as can any player but against these players like Philipp, Ferrer etc… you are never going to get an easy game.
These two do have history. They met earlier this year in Dubai in a match won by the German winning 6-2 7-6 against the Croat who is now coached by a former coach of Andy Murray’s in Miles Maclagan and is sat on a win/loss of 11/10 this year which in my opinion should be better.
It is tough for young players to find consistency on the tour week in week out but hopefully this run to the final in Marrakesh the week before will find him some momentum going into Monte-Carlo this week but I do agree sometimes you need the luck of the draw and it hasn’t fallen for him but if you want to reach the very top you have to beat the very best.
Writing this I can’t really see past a Coric win. He does have the attacking weapons to cause problems for Kohlschreiber but will have to be patient and will have a lot of running to do which is why I think Philip will win in straight sets.
It doesn’t get easier in round two either as the winner gets Wawrinka…