Borna Coric vs. Taylor Fritz
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 12, 2019, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
T. Fritz +138 / B. Coric -188
American tennis player, Taylor Fritz has made it into the second round of the 2019 ATP Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. At this stage of the tournament, Taylor Fritz will play against Borna Coric from Croatia.
Taylor Fritz played against Jurij Rodionov in the previous round in a match which the American won in straight sets. During the win, Taylor Fritz served exceptionally well. Fritz hit 14 aces and won 72% of his service points which allowed him to win all of his service games. While the serving was impressive, Taylor Fritz struggled to win receiving points. During the entire match, Taylor Fritz only won 25% of his return points which meant that he only broke Jurij Rodionov’s serve on 1 occasion. It will be essential for Taylor Fritz to improve his receiving if he wishes to compete in this match.
Looking at his opponent, Borna Coric received an opening round bye due to his high seeding. Coric enters this match following a modest clay court season. Borna Coric ended the clay season with a record of 8-5 but didn’t make it past the quarterfinal in any tournaments. Moving to grass may be a positive for Borna Coric as the Croatian has a good record in this surface. Coric is a strong baseline player while such a style of tennis is usually weak on grass, the Croatian has been able to adjust in the past as he has won the titles such as the ATP Halle Open in Germany.
Borna Coric and Taylor Fritz have played each other twice in the past. As it currently stands, Coric has a 2-0 record against Taylor Fritz. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the Indian Wells Open where Borna Coric won in 3 sets.
The grass courts should favor Taylor Fritz as the American is a strong server. That being said, I am going to pick Borna Coric to win this match. Fritz has a big issue when receiving and I see that being a big weakness against a player like Coric who is very well balanced. Coric has had past success on grass and I see him exploiting a one-dimensional player like Taylor Fritz.