Borna Coric after the victory against Rafael Nadal: "it was special"
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Since March he had only won three matches on the major circuit. After the forced stop, due to the shoulder operation, Borna Coric had struggled terribly to regain confidence in his own means. Winning against Nadal, however, for the second time in Cincinnati after the first one dated 2016, could represent a new life for the Croatian, who in the first round had beaten Lorenzo Musetti in a splendid way.
As if that weren't enough, the Croatian tennis player managed to become just the second active player to catch a better head-to-head score against the 23-time Grand Slam champion. The other is obviously Novak Djokovic, who has won 30 of the 59 games played overall between 2006 and Roland Garros this season.
"All I can say is that it is special, very special, I had forgotten how it felt after such a victory," said the Croatian player immediately after the victory. After having canceled a set point in the tie break of the first set, thanks also to the contribution of the Spaniard, Coric remedied a hole in the second set and above all a 0-30 disadvantage in the opening turn of the third.
He said: "I've been out for two years and it hadn't happened to me to hit such an important stage in front of all these people. I just thought about playing my best and enjoying everything around. Now that I've won , it just seems crazy.
In the second round the challenge with Bautista Agut
In the round of 16 the Croatian tennis player will face Roberto Bautista Agut, who got the better of Roberto Bautista Agut with a double 6-3. "It will be a really interesting match.
I will have to be even more aggressive than today because the match against Rafa was very long and ended very late and obviously I won't have too much time to rest either. It will be a really complicated match, I will have to maintain this level to continue to do well. "