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Lestienne, Cachin Continue 2022 Success With ATP Challenger Tour Titles

  • Posted: Aug 22, 2022

Lestienne, Cachin Continue 2022 Success With ATP Challenger Tour Titles

Tomas Machac claims his second title of the season

Frenchman Constant Lestienne and Argentine Pedro Cachin built upon their formidable ATP Challenger Tour season this past weekend by adding to their title haul in 2022. Lestienne, who has reached four Challenger Tour finals post-Wimbledon, claiming three titles, triumphed in Vancouver, Canada. Cachin collected his Challenger Tour-leading fourth title of 2022 on Sunday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Both players have won a Challenger Tour-best 38 matches this year.

Four out of Lestienne’s five matches in Vancouver went three-sets as the Frenchman extended his hot streak to 19-2 from his past 21 matches when he defeated countryman Arthur Rinderknech 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Odlum Brown VanOpen.

“I’ve continued working and fighting, and everything went on my side. I cannot believe that I’ve won so many matches in the last few weeks,” Lestienne said.

The Vancouver title marks the 30-year-old’s sixth Challenger Tour title and third this season (Malaga and Pozoblanco) and lifts him to a career-high No. 75 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

“Arthur (Rinderknech) is a great server, so I knew the key was to return his serve and try to engage the rally and I would have more chances to win the point. In the first set, he didn’t serve too well, I won 6-0, then it was really tight.”

Rinderknech, 27, had a gruelling week in Canada, where he rallied from a set down in his first two matches, including a second-round win against Elias Ymer after the Frenchman saved three match points. In his semi-final, the former Texas A&M University standout ousted home favourite Vasek Pospisil to set up the all-French final. Rinderknech rises to No. 58 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, 10 spots shy of his career-high mark, which he reached in January after he was a finalist at Adelaide-2 (l. Kokkinakis).

Only two players have more Challenger titles than Lestienne in 2022: Cachin and Jack Draper (tied with four).

After rain postponed play in Santo Domingo for several hours, Cachin defeated countryman Marco Trungelliti shortly after 1am, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to claim the Republica Dominicana Open at Santo Domingo, presented by Milex.

<a href=''>Pedro Cachin</a> in action Sunday in the Santo Domingo Challenger final.
Pedro Cachin has reached seven Challenger finals this year, winning four titles. Credit: David A. Martinez.

Cachin, who started the season as World No. 245, has reached seven Challenger finals this year and has been crowned champion in Madrid, Prague-2, Todi, and this week in Santo Domingo. The second seed’s title extends Argentina’s lead to 17 Challenger titles this year and lifts Cachin to a career-high mark of No. 66 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

In May, the 27-year-old made his Grand Slam main draw debut at Roland Garros and defeated Norbert Gombos in the first round before falling short to home favourite Hugo Gaston.

Tomas Machac won the Kozerki Open after rallying from a set down in the final to defeat China’s top-ranked player Zhang Zhizhen 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, ending Zhang’s nine-match winning streak.

“From the beginning, he was better. I didn’t take my chances on my serve, I played bad at the beginning but then I found my rhythm,” Machac said.

The Czech recently missed three months with an injury and in his second tournament back, the 21-year-old dropped just one set all week en route to capturing his second title (Traralgon) of the season in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland. Machac, now a four-time Challenger Tour champion, rises to No. 126 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

<a href=''>Tomas Machac</a>, 21, is a four-time Challenger Tour champion.
Tomas Machac, 21, is a four-time Challenger Tour champion. Credit: JAROSLAW GASZYNSKI/FOTOJAGA.INFO

Zhang, currently on a 21-4 run from his past 25 matches, is No. 138 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings and is two spots shy of matching his career-high (136), which he reached in 2020 and remains the highest ranking achieved by a male Chinese player.

Lestienne, Trungelliti, Machac, and Zhang will all attempt to qualify for the US Open this week while Cachin and Rinderknech are direct entries into the main draw, which begins 29 August.

Did You Know? After Borna Coric’s title at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Croatian became the fourth player to win on the ATP Tour and the ATP Challenger Tour in 2022. Coric won the Parma Challenger in June. Holger Rune won the Sanremo Challenger and the BMW Open in Munich. Francisco Cerundolo won the Santa Cruz de la Sierra Challenger and the Nordea Open in Bastad. Lorenzo Musetti won the Forli-6 Challenger and the Hamburg European Open.

Coric is the first player to win a Masters 1000 title and a Challenger Tour title in the same season since Mikael Pernfors in 1993.

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Zverev Withdraws From The US Open

  • Posted: Aug 22, 2022

Zverev Withdraws From The US Open

German recovering from an ankle injury

Alexander Zverev withdrew from the US Open, the tournament announced on Monday.

The German has not competed since suffering an ankle injury during the Roland Garros semi-finals against Rafael Nadal. Zverev underwent surgery shortly thereafter.

“After further examination in Germany, we received confirmation that all three of the lateral ligaments in my right ankle were torn,” Zverev wrote on Instagram at the time. “To return to competition as quickly as possible, to ensure all the ligaments heal properly, and to reclaim full stability in my ankle, surgery was the best choice. My rehab starts now and I’ll do everything to come back stronger than ever!”

Zverev reached his lone Grand Slam final at the US Open two years ago and owns an 18-7 record at the hard-court major. He is currently the No. 2 player in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

The US Open qualifying event will begin on Tuesday, with the main draw being held from 29 August through 11 September.

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Coric Leaps Into Top 30, Mover Of Week

  • Posted: Aug 22, 2022

Coric Leaps Into Top 30, Mover Of Week looks at the top Movers of the Week in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, as of Monday, 22 August 2022

Borna Coric’s dream run to his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title at the Western & Southern Open propels the Croatian back into the Top 30 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the first time since May 2021. Despite defeat to Coric in Sunday’s championship match in Cincinnati, Stefanos Tsitsipas returns to the Top 5 off the back of his strong week in Ohio. looks at the movers of the week, as of Monday, 22 August.

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No. 29 Borna Coric, +123
After a long journey back from shoulder surgery in May 2021, Borna Coric announced his return to the big stage in style in Cincinnati by charging to his first Masters 1000 crown. The Croatian upset three Top 10 opponents in Rafael Nadal, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Stefanos Tsitsipas to clinch the biggest title of his career and his first since 2018. Coric’s stunning week sees him surge 123 places to No. 29 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. Read Cincinnati Final Report & Watch Highlights.

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No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, +2
Tsitsipas fell just short of his third Masters 1000 triumph in Cincinnati, but the Greek nonetheless returns to the Top 5 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings after just a week away. The 24-year-old moved past Filip Krajinovic, Diego Schwartzman and John Isner, before a fine volleying performance carried him to a semi-final win against World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev as Tsitsipas reached the final in Ohio for the first time.

No. 9 Cameron Norrie, +2 (Career High)
One of the most consistent performers on the ATP Tour in 2022, Cameron Norrie moved to 41-19 for the season with his Cincinnati semi-final run. After opening wins against Holger Rune, Andy Murray and Ben Shelton in Ohio, Norrie prevailed in a thrilling three-set quarter-final victory against World No. 4 Carlos Alcaraz. He was undone by the inspired Coric in the semi-finals, but the Briton still rises two spots to a career-high No. 9 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

No. 12 Taylor Fritz, +1 (Joint Career High)
Taylor Fritz breezed past Sebastian Baez and the in-form Nick Kyrgios for the loss of just seven games in his opening two matches in Cincinnati, successes that he backed up with a third-round deciding-set victory against sixth seed Andrey Rublev. Fritz ultimately fell to World No. 1 Medvedev in the quarter-finals, but the American returns to his career-high No. 12 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings as he eyes his Top 10 breakthrough in the coming weeks.

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Other Notable Top 100 Movers
No. 8 Felix Auger-Aliassime, +1 (Career High)
No. 26 Nick Kyrgios, +2
No. 30 Lorenzo Musetti, +3 (Joint Career High)
No. 58 Arthur Rinderknech, +6
No. 66 Pedro Cachin, +22 (Career High)
No. 70 Thanasi Kokkinakis, +5
No. 75 Constant Lestienne, +19 (Career High)
No. 94 Daniel Elahi Galan, +5 (Career High)

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Djere Defeats Goffin In Winston-Salem

  • Posted: Aug 22, 2022

Djere Defeats Goffin In Winston-Salem

Gasquet also advances

Laslo Djere made a late start to his North American hard-court swing, but you could not tell by his performance on Sunday evening.

In his first match of the swing, the Serbian battled past former Top 10 star David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the second round of the Winston-Salem Open.

“It was difficult. Really humid. We had an interruption at the beginning [due to rain], so it was both physical and mental, I think. I managed to stay calm and I prepared well for this U.S. swing, so my body was feeling right and this definitely helped me to push through in the tough moments,” Djere said. “I just tried to play point by point, give my best and fight for every point.”

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Djere converted four of his 10 break points to earn a clash against 16th seed Joao Sousa.

In other action, former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet advanced past Kamil Majchrzak 6-7(5), 6-2, 1-0 when the Polish player retired. The Frenchman will next take on fifth seed Lorenzo Musetti.

It will be the first ATP Head2Head meeting between the players, both of whom hit a one-handed backhand.

South Korean Soonwoo Kwon also moved on when he ousted German Daniel Altmaier 6-1, 6-4. The 24-year-old will play Australian qualifier Jason Kubler in the second round.

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Where Coric Dominated Tsitsipas To Claim The Cincinnati Crown

  • Posted: Aug 22, 2022

Where Coric Dominated Tsitsipas To Claim The Cincinnati Crown

Brain Game analyses the Cincinnati final

Borna Coric put Stefanos Tsitsipas in the backhand cage and threw away the key.

Coric defeated Tsitsipas 7-6(0), 6-2 in the Western & Southern Open final on Sunday in Cincinnati by dominating baseline exchanges through the Ad court. The engine room of Coric’s game has always been a rock-solid backhand, and he led with his strong suit to win his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title.

Coric was always looking to go backhand-to-backhand with Tsitsipas, where the Croatian proved to be more consistent and more powerful.

Coric Backhand Groundstrokes

  • 86 backhands
  • 4 errors
  • 10 winners

Tsitsipas Backhand Groundstrokes

  • 94 backhands
  • 15 errors
  • 0 winners

Tsitsipas raced to a 4-1 lead after 16 minutes of play on the back of making his first 16 backhands of the match. The Greek then went through a period missing four out of five backhands, and the early break and the momentum quickly dried up. Coric’s backhand went into lockdown mode for the rest of the set, making his last 25 backhands of the first set, which included four winners.

Overall for the match, Coric’s backhand groundstroke racked up 10 winners while yielding just four errors. Tsitsipas was unable to hit a single backhand groundstroke winner, committing 15 errors. Coric’s average backhand speed was 70 mph, which was significantly faster than Tsitsipas’ 60 mph. In fact, Coric’s average backhand speed was just one mile per hour slower than Tsitsipas’ average forehand speed (71 mph), and almost as fast as his own forehand (72 mph average).

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The Croatian felt at home standing in the Ad court crushing backhands and using his run-around forehand to hit high and heavy back cross court. Coric had the perfect game plan of nullifying and frustrating Tsitsipas’ powerful game by keeping the ball flowing back and forth through the Ad court until the right ball presented itself to attack somewhere else.

Coric hit 43 run-around forehands for the match, which was almost identical to Tsitsipas’ 44. That stat alone is a win for Coric as Tsitsipas possesses a more penetrating forehand that can do more damage as a run-around shot. Both players hit five winners and committed five errors from run-around forehands.

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The champion’s minor weak spot in the match was hitting regular forehands standing in the Deuce court. He hit 69 forehands for the match standing there, hitting three winners while contributing 14 errors. Deuce-court exchanges favoured Tsitsipas overall, but with Coric hitting 65 per cent (129/198) of all groundstrokes standing in the Ad court, Tsitsipas could not run his preferred strategy often enough.

Coric was simply more dominant from the back of the court. He won 56 per cent (46/82) of his baseline points, while Tsitsipas was way off that mark, winning just 41 per cent (29/71) from the baseline.

The 25-year-old also enjoyed serving success by going after Tsitsipas’ backhand return.

Tsitsipas Returns

  • Forehand returns = 24, including five errors
  • Backhand returns = 37, including 11 errors

Tsitsipas hit 61 per cent (37/61) of returns as a backhand return, yielding 11 return errors from that side.

Impressively, Coric managed to execute his favorite pattern of play to take his biggest title. Controlling the Ad court with his solid backhand and heavy run-around forehand was always going to be the preferred way to wrestle control of points against Tsitsipas.

It must feel good to win on the biggest ATP stage with your “go-to” pattern of play.

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Tsitsipas Surges Past Alcaraz Into Second In Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin

  • Posted: Aug 22, 2022

Tsitsipas Surges Past Alcaraz Into Second In Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin

Nadal remains in top spot entering the US Open

Stefanos Tsitsipas fell short of lifting the Western & Southern Open trophy against Borna Coric on Sunday, but it was still a productive week of work for the Greek star. The 24-year-old is up to second place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin.

Tsitsipas, who earned 600 points by reaching the Cincinnati final, is trying to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the fourth consecutive year. In 2019, he claimed the title at the year-end championships.

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The Greek (4,620 points) trails first-placed Rafael Nadal (5,630) by 1,010 points. The Spaniard, who has qualified for the season finale on 16 previous occasions, will arrive at the US Open in top spot in the Live Race.

Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin (as of 22 August)

 Player  Points
 1) Rafael Nadal  5,630
 2) Stefanos Tsitsipas  4,620
 3) Carlos Alcaraz  4,460
 4) Casper Ruud  3,685
 5) Daniil Medvedev  3,195
 6) Felix Auger-Aliassime  2,815
 7) Alexander Zverev  2,700
 8) Andrey Rublev  2,695

Another Spaniard, Carlos Alcaraz, is in third place (4,460), 160 points behind Tsitsipas. Last year’s Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals champion is trying to make the same leap Tsitsipas did from 2018 to 2019 — winning in Milan one year and triumphing at the Nitto ATP Finals the next.

Briton Cameron Norrie, who competed in Turin last year as an alternate, is trying to return to the season finale. The lefty made good progress towards that goal in Cincinnati, where he advanced to the semi-finals. Norrie climbed three spots into 11th place (2,140), 555 points behind eighth-placed Andrey Rublev (2,695), who currently occupies the final qualifying spot.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime continued the best season of his career by reaching his fourth straight Masters 1000 quarter-final. Only Coric was able to halt the Canadian’s run in the last eight.

Auger-Aliassime jumped one spot into sixth place in the Live Race (2,815), as he tries to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time. The 22-year-old owns a 115-point lead over seventh-placed Alexander Zverev (2,700) and a 120-point advantage over eighth-placed Rublev.

Coric soared 94 places into 22nd in the Live Race with 1,360 points. At the start of the week, he owned 360 points for the season. Now the Croatian has 1,360.

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Tsitsipas Lacks Answers To Cincinnati Final Defeat

  • Posted: Aug 22, 2022

Tsitsipas Lacks Answers To Cincinnati Final Defeat

The Greek leaves Cincinnati after achieving his best result at the event

Stefanos Tsitsipas is sometimes nicknamed the ‘Greek Philosopher’ as he often uses Twitter to post thoughtful and analytical content, but following Sunday’s loss to Borna Coric in the Cincinnati final, the World No. 5 admitted that he was lacking answers to his straight-sets defeat.

“I’m still looking for the answer myself. I don’t have a clear answer,” Tsitsipas said of the loss. “He was obviously the opposite of what I was, very much involved. Sometimes it makes you not be that much present in the moment when you’re too relaxed.

“I think he was serving well. He was making me move a lot. I could have used my chances in the first set. I don’t know why I didn’t. I rushed a little bit.”

Despite the loss, Tsitsipas holds a Tour-leading 46 wins in 2022 and his run to the final at the Western & Southern Open lifts him to second in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin. His runner-up finish Sunday in Ohio follows two semi-final exits at the event in the previous two years.

Boasting a Tour-leading 19 ATP Masters 1000 wins in 2022, Tsitsipas ousted World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev in the Cincinnati semi-finals to advance to his fifth final of the season. He also reached the final in Rotterdam and Rome and claimed the trophy in Monte Carlo and Mallorca.

The 24-year-old now sets his sights on his first run to the second week at the US Open, where he is one of several players who will have a chance to become World No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

Tsitsipas has endured heartbreaking losses in New York the past two seasons. Last year, he lost a fifth-set tie-break to Carlos Alcaraz in the third round. In 2020, the Greek held six match points against Coric in the third round, but failed to convert.

The 2019 Nitto ATP Finals champion offered this praise of Coric in his post-match press conference. “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.”

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'I Have No Words': Coric's Courageous Climb To His Greatest Heights

  • Posted: Aug 22, 2022

‘I Have No Words’: Coric’s Courageous Climb To His Greatest Heights

Croatian reflects on his dream run in Cincinnati

When Borna Coric arrived at the Western & Southern Open, the Croatian had every reason to be pessimistic. In May 2021, he underwent right shoulder surgery, which kept him out longer than expected. This week he was No. 152 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings and just 4-8 in tour-level matches on the year. The former World No. 12 had a long way to go before reaching the peak that once saw him earn nine wins against Top 5 opponents.

Everything about Coric’s job is harder now, too. The Croatian has to spend anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes working on his shoulder each day to maintain it.

“If I want to do my job, which is to play tennis, I need to do this, otherwise I cannot play tennis. I don’t think it’s a huge sacrifice to have an extra 30 minutes of work to get to play tennis,” Coric told earlier in the week. “You get to do what you love, it’s not a huge deal. If I usually come one hour before practice, now I need to come one and a half hours. That’s it. It’s not a big deal.”

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When Coric said that Tuesday following his first-round win in Cincinnati against Lorenzo Musetti, he was preparing to face 36-time ATP Masters 1000 champion Rafael Nadal. Advancing seemed unlikely, but it was clear his mind was in the right place.

Little did the Croatian know that five days later, he would lift his first Masters 1000 trophy. Coric completed a dream run in Ohio on Sunday when he defeated fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(0), 6-2 for the biggest title of his career.

“I have no words, to be honest. It’s just unbelievable feeling. Like I said many times, I [am] just going to enjoy this,” Coric said. “I thought I could play well. I was training hard, and I knew I could play good tennis, but that I could play this level tennis, I was just not aware. I’m just super happy.”

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Just one week ago, Coric lost his first-round match against Marin Cilic in Montreal in lopsided fashion, 3-6, 2-6. You would not have been able to tell based on his attitude in Cincinnati.

Coric was in good spirits and although he entered his second-round clash as the heavy underdog against Nadal, he was excited for the opportunity. The 25-year-old said he would play the match “without any pressure”.

That mindset worked through the week. After losing one set against Nadal, Coric stormed through the field without dropping another. He defeated Musetti, Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Cameron Norrie and Tsitsipas, all of whom are inside the Top 35 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

“I believe always in myself. But again, [it was unlikely] to win the tournament when last week I was really playing poorly,” Coric said. “I didn’t believe I’m going to win the tournament.”

When Coric followed his stunning win against Nadal by ousting Bautista Agut, it was the first time he had won three consecutive tour-level matches since his shoulder surgery. But the Croatian did not get ahead of himself.

“I knew I needed to stay calm. I needed to do my recovery and to stay fresh, basically, because that’s most important. And I think that’s what I did,” Coric said. “But I think I kind of learned that the hard way, because I was doing those mistakes when I was younger where I would beat some good players, and then I would just go in the holiday mode.”

Coric took it one day at a time, one match at a time. His struggles helped him appreciate what he has. It is safe to say the Croatian will cherish this moment for years to come.

“I was just believing that I can win the next match,” Coric said. “That’s what I did for [six] days in a row.”

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Coric will climb 123 places in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings to No. 29.

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Coric Captures Maiden Masters 1000 Crown In Cincinnati

  • Posted: Aug 22, 2022

Coric Captures Maiden Masters 1000 Crown In Cincinnati

Croatian dropped just one set en route to the title

Borna Coric crowned a remarkable injury comeback Sunday when he captured his first ATP Masters 1000 title, overcoming Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(0), 6-2 in the Western & Southern Open final.

The Croatian, who was competing in his first tour-level final since 2020, defeated Rafael Nadal en route to his second Masters 1000 final. With the pressure on, Coric demonstrated courage against the Greek, rallying from 1-4 in the first set, before he blitzed his way past the fourth seed in the second set to triumph after one hour and 57 minutes in Cincinnati.

Coric missed the majority of last season due to a shoulder injury and entered the Cincinnati draw with a protected ranking, sitting at No. 152 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. However, he is up to No. 29 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings following his fairytale run, while he has improved to 2-1 in his ATP Head2Head series against Tsitsipas.

<a href=''>Borna Coric</a> Pepperstone ATP Live Ranking

“It was a very, very tough match. At the beginning I wasn’t playing very well and he was pushing me very hard. But I started to serve better and play better and I was fighting hard,” Coric said in his on-court interview. “Then in the second set I thought I played the best set of the whole year.”

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Coric dropped just one set during his run to the championship match in his sixth appearance at the hard-court event, also defeating Lorenzo Musetti, Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Cameron Norrie. The 25-year-old has now clinched three tour-level titles on all three surfaces, having soared to success on clay in Marrakech in 2017 and on grass Halle in 2018.

“Thank you to my parents, who are not here, my sister and my team. It has been very tough for us,” Coric added during the trophy ceremony. “With my physio, if I didn’t have him I wouldn’t be on the court… Then of course to my tennis coach, Mate. We have been working very hard and now we are here.”

Tsitsipas flew out of the blocks in an enthralling first set as he opened his shoulders to race into a 4-1 lead. Coric showed signs of nerves in the opening exchanges, but started to settle as the set went on. The Croatian began to find his spots on serve, while he hit with greater depth and pace off the ground to claw back to 4-4. With a tie-break left to decide the first set, it was Coric who raced into top gear, capitalising on untimely errors from Tsitsipas to lead.

After hitting 18 winners in the opener, the 25-year-old continued to look comfortable at the start of the second set. Coric hit his water-tight groundstrokes with consistency on return and gained the decisive break in the sixth game of the set against a tiring Tsitsipas. The Croatian, who committed just 14 unforced errors, then fended off pressure from Tsitsipas when serving, before he broke again to earn the biggest win of his career.

Coric looked to step inside the baseline and attack Tsitsipas in the second set in a move that worked. As shown in his INSIGHTS: Conversion Score, the Croatian was clinical, holding a conversion rate of 87 per cent, well above the 66 per cent Tour average.

<a href=''>Stefanos Tsitsipas</a> and <a href=''>Borna Coric</a>'s Conversion Scores in the second set of the Cincinnati final.

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Prior to his shoulder surgery in May 2021, Coric had earned nine victories against Top 5 opponents and climbed to a career-high World No. 12. The Croatian made his comeback in Indian Wells in this March and had lost 8 of his 13 tour-level matches in 2022 before his dream run in Cincinnati.

Tsitsipas was aiming to capture his third Masters 1000 title and 10th tour-level trophy. The Greek, who retained the title in Monte Carlo in April, edged Daniil Medvedev in a hard-fought semi-final win and is up to No. 5 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings.

The 24-year-old has also risen to second in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin as he looks to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for a fourth consecutive season. He lifted the trophy at the season finale on debut in 2019.

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Coric is the first player to win a Masters 1000 title and an ATP Challenger Tour title in the same season since Mikael Pernfors in 1993. It’s only happened three times since ATP Masters 1000 debuted as a series in 1990 [also Thomas Muster 1992]. Coric won a Challenger Trophy in Parma, Italy, in June.

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