A player who struggled so much on a physical level returned to the ranks of the ATP circuit after a while and quickly burned out. It didn’t take Borna Coric long to get noticed and make his mark on the track again: the Croatian tennis player triumphed at the Cincinnati Masters 1000, the last major event before the start of the US Open 2022.
The 25-year-old showed a solid level of play and seemed in such good shape that he could make it to the end of the main draw in Ohio. The Zagreb native defeated Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in the opening match, then he went all out: Spanish champion Rafael Nadal gave up in the third set while beating his other rivals (all from the front row, such as Roberto Bautista Agut , Felix Auger-Aliassime , Cameron Norrie and Stefanos Tsitsipas) did not give a single sentence.
A very nice achievement for the athlete after what he went through in the pits: his shoulder injury dropped him in the world rankings, but only “by a hair’s breadth”. rankings and was back in the top 30 within a week.
Plenty of fans and insiders were delighted with the return of the 1996 lad, who received plenty of praise and congratulations in the days following his 7-6, 6-2 final win over the Greek. Among them was the Serbian and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who dedicated a nice social message to the Croatian.
In the story shared on Instagram, the Serb commented: “Well done champion, you totally deserve it!”
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Novak Djokovic recalled the time when his family had to make the crucial decision whether to keep their Serbian citizenship or give it up and take British citizenship.
“It was very tempting for my parents at the time, very, very tempting for[to solve the problems]. My family and my parents would get a job, my family would have a house, I mean it was a great, great business. I’m not saying it would be particularly wrong if we did.
Who knows where the journey will take us,” he said. Djokovic also explained that he was particularly keen on the move as it would put him in an unfamiliar environment. “To be honest, it was mostly my parents’ decision, you know.
Yes, of course I was there and involved in the discussions. I personally didn’t feel it from the start because I said, listen, I don’t want to go to England and live there. I don’t know anyone (there). I want to stay here with my friends, I have my school, I have my friends, I have my life, I have my country, I have my language, I have everything here. I just didn’t feel like I would feel (most) happiest there,” he revealed.