Cincinnati (Round 2): Borna Coric – David Goffin

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These two players have already met 4 times between 2014 and 2016. David Goffin has won every match.

The Belgian lost at least one set in 3 of the 4 matches against Borna Coric.

Tournament history

David Goffin has already participated 6 times in this Masters 1000. He lost only once when he entered the competition (in 2017 against Kyrgios) and his best performance is a final. It was last year when he lost to Daniil Medvedev.

Borna Coric, meanwhile, is playing this tournament in Cincinnati for the sixth time. In 2019, he was eliminated in the first round. He only managed to get through the second round once. It was in 2016, to reach the quarter-finals.

In this edition

David Goffin took advantage of his ranking to skip the first round.

For her return match, Borna Coric made an appearance against Benoit Paire. After taking a bubble, the Frenchman gave up.

Analysis

It is difficult to get an idea of the level of play of these two players. Borna Coric didn’t really show her talent against Benoit Paire, while David Goffin will play his first match in this tournament.

I do, however, have a clear preference for David Goffin.

First of all because Borna Coric has always succeeded (4 victories in 4 matches).

Then, because the Belgian was able to keep the rhythm and his marks on this surface by playing UTS. He only won 50% of his matches, but he showed that he could still hurt. And in an official match, he should put in a lot more.

Borna Coric, meanwhile, was able to get back on track in her first round. But the man still lacks confidence and that could be much more noticeable against this opponent.

David Goffin won’t give up as easily as Benoit Paire. The Belgian could well put the Croatian in trouble as soon as the restart comes around. He should also keep a certain regularity in the rallies which could make Coric crack first. Moreover, we had a slight glimpse against Benoit Paire: when the Frenchman let go of his shots, especially his cross backhand, Borna Coric could quickly be on the defensive. An experienced and reliable player like David Goffin could well take advantage of that.

Now, let’s be very careful with that Prediction. David Goffin hasn’t played since his UTS match against Tsitsipas on July 12th. As we have seen in the first matches of this tournament, the players are in need of rhythm and don’t want to take any risk before the US Open. Will this allow Borna Coric to spread her wings and create the surprise? Even if it’s not what I think, it’s possible.

Prediction: David Goffin wins

Medium risk

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