Borna Ćorić is cruising in Cincinnati! He took out #7 Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets Friday night, 6-4 6-4, and will now face #9 Englishman Cameron Norrie in the semifinals.
After playing only nine professional matches in 2021 due to injury, 25 year-old Borna Ćorić is making a late splash in 2022 as he regains his form. Wednesday night at the Cincinnati Masters 1000 tournament, Ćorić took down #2 Rafael Nadal (arguably the greatest tennis player of all time with 22 Grand Slam titles) in three sets: 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. Thursday afternoon, he did it again by beating #15 Roberto Bautista Agut in straight set: 6-2, 6-3.
The win over Rafa will be a huge confidence boost going into the US Open next month. Borna Ćorić has been dubbed the next big name in tennis but hasn’t got out of the gate in his career due to injuries. Will he ever meet the expectations given to him by the tennis world? Will he ever win a Grand Slam like Ivanišević and Čilić have in the past? Will he ever crack the top-10 in world tennis rankings? (#12 was his highest rank)
We shall see. But this week was an incredible step in the right direction. Ćorić faces Canadian #7 Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters Friday evening.