Borna Coric v Stefanos Tsitsipas
The final takes place in Cincinnati for the seventh ATP Masters 1000 event of the year! Borna Coric is a surprise runner-up after coming in at world unranked and ranked 51st. He’s been on fire this week, beating four top-20 players in back-to-back matches. He has only lost one of the eleven sets he has played here, and that was due to his incredible upset against Rafael Nadal. Tsitsipas had a dominant first couple then won two battles to reach the final. He beat John Isner, always a tough opponent on hard courts, in a close quarter-final in three sets. He then beat rival Daniil Medvedev in another battle against arguably the best hard court player in the world. It may not have been the expected final, but the form of both players is sure to provide an entertaining game.
ATP Cincinnati Final Prediction
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Borna Coric
Coric and Tsitsipas have played twice, although Tsitsipas’ only win came in 2018 via retirement. Coric managed to win a thriller in five sets at the 2020 US Open where he reached his only major quarter-final. He reached No. 12 in the world aged 21 in 2018 but has been plagued with injuries ever since. Coric reached his only Masters final in Shanghai in 2018, where he lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic. He seems to have found his form not only in the finals, but also against elite players. Tsitsipas is a Masters 1000 champion and five-time runner-up, although this is only his second hard-court final and it would be his first title. Beating Medvedev and his performance at this year’s Australian Open shows that he has dramatically improved his hard court game and would be a worthy champion.
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Coric has relied on his serve to get there, getting broken just three times in five appearances in Cincinnati. He hasn’t been beaten more than once in a single game, despite strong comebacks in Nadal, Bautista Agut and Auger-Aliassime. Tsitsipas was excellent on the return, earning 11 breaks of serve in four matches. Coric’s performance on serve against returning Tsitsipas will be the deciding factor of the game. Solid groundstrokes from Tsitsipas on both sides will attack Coric’s serve even on fast hard ground. The Greek has a strong enough serve to neutralize Coric’s return and he will surely be able to secure several breaks. Coric played very well and won’t fall easily, but Tsitsipas is adapting well and his experience will be essential to win the title.
Prediction: Tsitsipas in 3
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