Borna Coric vs. Taylor Fritz - 2020 Vienna Open First Round
Monday October 26th, 2020 / 9:00am EST
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Borna Coric of Croatia faces American Taylor Fritz in the opening round of the 2020 Vienna Open, held in Austria. The match will be played at 9:00am EST. This is a very intriguing First Round match between two very talented players. Coric leads the head to head by 3 wins to 0 and they are extremely close in the rankings with Coric being #24 and Fritz #28. Who will advance to the Round of 16?
Borna Coric is a very talented player and former Junior World #1. He was predominantly known as a clay court player but has recently been having some solid hard court results, notably an outstanding comeback win to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open en route to the Quarterfinals and recently making it to the Final of the 2020 St. Petersburg Open. This year has been a welcome relief for the young Croatian, having struggled with form and injuries over the past few years. He is an extremely fit player who is solid from the baseline. He has added an attacking element to his arsenal and has no major weaknesses. He will be looking to continue his good form here in Austria.
Taylor Fritz is another exciting young player. He started the year off very well, reaching the Mexican Open Final but has been in a slump ever since. First Round defeats at the Italian Open, Hamburg Open and St. Petersburg have cast major doubts about his current form and fitness. He is a very powerful player with a huge serve and loves to sit back and dictate play with those two weapons. He will have to serve very well if he is to defeat his opponent, one of the strongest returners in the men's game. Fritz's mental ability will also be tested here, with the ultra-consistent Coric not giving many free points away.
I am going to pick Borna Coric to win this match. He is on a roll after his strong showing in St. Petersburg and will be confident of doing well here in Vienna. Fritz has been in very poor form lately and this is a bad matchup for him with the Croatian expected to frustrate the American with his "never say die" attitude and consistency. Borna Coric to win and advance to the Round of 16.