Borna Coric had the perfect week: from the first round to winning the Cincinnati 1000 tournament. The tennis player, who started from 152nd place in the ranking, had to overcome a difficult path to reach the final victory: starting with Lorenzo Musetti to the last obstacle, Stefanos Tsitsipas, who achieved an unimaginable victory in the second round against Rafael Nadal; Roberto Bautista-Agut and two top tens like Felix Auger-Aliassime and Cameron Norrie were also beaten.
The Croatian joins the list of players who won a Masters 1000 for the first time this year. The last 15 titles have seen seven new 1000 tournament winners: Hubert Hurkacz in Miami, Stefanos Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo, Cameron Norrie in Indian Wells in 2021; Taylor Fritz in Indian Wells, Carlos Alcaraz in Miami, Pablo Carreño Busta in Montreal, Borna Coric in Cincinnati in 2022.
This season in particular, there have been seven different champions in the eight 1000 tournaments played so far: only the Spanish number two repeated twice, winning in both Miami and Madrid. Two more “veterans” are added to the list, which refers to 2022: Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo and Djokovic in Rome.
Novak Djokovic is the only member of the Big 3 to have won a 1000th title in the last calendar year: his win in Rome against Stefanos Tsitsipas in 2022, his win in Paris-Bercy against Daniil Medvedev in 2021.
Corretja talks about Alcaraz
A few days before the start of the 2022 edition of the US Open, Alex Corretja spoke to Eurosport about his young compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, already the 4th player in the world, promising a bright future.
“What Carlos is doing is amazing. I mean he’s number four in the world and he’s played great tennis all season. When he finished Roland-Garros I think he needed time to recover from everything he had done. At Wimbledon he lost to Sinner because he played really good tennis.
And then this summer he played, ok, he didn’t win those tournaments (Umag and Hamburg, editor’s note). But I think he played fantastic. And I’m not worried at all. He’ll win Grand Slams and become number one, that’s for sure.
He’s ready.” Rafael Nadal won the last Masters in May 2021, when the Spaniard triumphed against the Belgrade tennis player at the Internazionali d’Italia.