Number 13 seed Borna Coric will play NextGen star Felix Auger-Aliassime in the first round of the Italian Open on Monday, May 13. The timings for this match are yet to be confirmed. You can find the Borna Coric v Felix Auger-Aliassime live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Borna Coric v Felix Auger-Aliassime Head to Head
Coric and Auger-Aliassime have played once on tour. Their meeting was at the Miami Masters in March where the Canadian sensation won in straight sets, 7-6 6-2.
Inconsistency is Coric’s Downfall
Borna Coric is yet to live up to the billing as the best of the rest. There is no denying that his career has been markedly on the rise, but his inconsistency is also his own downfall at certain times.
Coric came within touching distance of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals last year following his career-best year on tour where he captured the biggest title of his career after stunning Roger Federer in Halle, and reaching the fourth round of the US Open (his personal best in a Major which he also matched at 2019 Australian Open).
He was expected to kick on for the 2019 season. However, one good tournament is followed by another lackadaisical performance. The Croat reached the fourth round of Australian Open for the first time in his career before losing to Lucas Pouille in four sets.
In his next tournament in Montpellier, he was beaten at the first hurdle by France’s fast-rising star Ugo Humbert. A similar pattern emerged again. After reaching the semifinals in Dubai, he lost in the first round to Ivo Karlovic at the Indian Wells Masters.
The 22-year-old went on to reach the quarterfinals in Miami, Monte Carlo and Hungarian Open before losing in the opening round at the Mutua Madrid Open. That loss in Madrid was notable for all the wrong reasons. Coric lost to Pouille, who had not won a tour-level match since beating him at the Australian Open.
If the Croat is superstitious about these patterns, could he make a deep run in Rome this week?
Auger-Aliassime Unfazed By Challenges on Tour
Felix Auger-Aliassime is the youngest player inside the ATP Top 100 as he is currently ranked at World No.30 at just 18 years of age. The talented Canadian has been a sensation on tour with his excellent athleticism and measured ground-strokes, a key feature of his game that has generated a lot of interest to the tennis world.
Auger-Aliassime’s consistent rise in the rankings has garnered him automatic entry in all ATP tour-level events, and he will most likely not compete at the Challenger level for quite some time.
He came to prominence during the South American clay-court swing where he reached his first ATP tour final at Rio Open. He became the youngest ATP 500 finalist since that level was established in 2009. Despite losing in the championship match to an inspired Laslo Djere, the teenager had shown plenty of promise.
His stock rose once more as he made the last four in Miami after going through the qualifiers. On his route to the semis – Auger-Aliassime eliminated Borna Coric – his opponent in the first round in Rome.
Coric v Auger-Aliassime Predictions & Tips
Auger-Aliassime has got a lot of mileage in his legs and we are only halfway through the season. The positive thing though is that he played a lot of tennis and not just travelling to make up the numbers in those events he played in. Coric starts as a slight favorite despite his recent dire form on clay which is unbelievable.
The Croat’s performance against Pouille in Madrid was a shocker. He lost to a player who had not won a tour-level match since Melbourne. Auger-Aliassime will fancy his chances here and he should not disappoint.
Tip: Auger-Aliassime to win: 1/1 (888Sport)