Borna Coric vs Lucas Pouille
|Date & Time||Monday January 21, 2019, 2:00 AM (EST)|
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Croatian superstar, Borna Coric has made it into the round of 16 at the 2019 ATP Australian Open. At this stage of the tournament, Borna Coric is set to play against Lucas Pouille from France.
Borna Coric enters this match having beaten Filip Krajinović in 4 sets in his previous match. Borna Coric had a tough opening set but fought back very strongly to win the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sets. During the win, Borna Coric returned serve exceptionally well as he won close to 40% of the points played during Filip Krajinović’s service games. Borna Coric won 5 return games which resulted in him winning the overall match. Boric had a very strong 2018 season where he helped Croatia win the Davis Cup. With his recent success, Coric looks very confident.
On the other side of the court, Lucas Pouille had a 5 set win in the last round. It was a tough match for Lucas Pouille as his opponent won the 3rd and 4th sets. Lucas Pouille has already had a dream run at this tournament, but this is expected to be a very tough match as the Australian he Is playing against an inform opponent in Borna Coric.
Borna Coric and Lucas Pouille have played twice in the past. On both occasions, Borna Coric has beaten Lucas Pouille. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at ATP Vienna where Borna Coric won in 3 sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to predict that Borna Coric will win this match. Coric has been in outstanding touch and he seems to be hitting the ball very cleanly. Neither player has much experience playing at late stages in a Grand Slam but Coric has more experience in big tournaments as he finished second at the Shanghai Masters last season. Coric is higher ranked and a more skilled player. With that in mind, I see Borna Coric making the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.