Borna Coric faces Roger Federer in the final at Halle on Sunday, but the Croat said he is not intimidated despite having never beaten his number-one ranked opponent.
The 21-year old has a 0-2 record against Federer, but was close to pulling off a surprise at Indian Wells in March when he led the Swiss by a set and a break before ultimately losing out 5-7. 6-4, 6-4.
Federer is aiming for a 99th career title in Germany and a 10th in Halle, but first he will have to see off a determined Coric who said he has learned from the experience in California.
“I think in that match I played almost perfect. I think it was a great match”, Coric said.
“I was really playing good and, you know, at the end I was maybe a little bit unlucky and again he showed us why he is Number 1 in the world.
“He played very good in the most important points. So, I don’t think I need to change anything. I need to try to play on that level which is not going to be easy for sure because I think that’s my best match of the season by far which I played. So, I’m just going to try to play on the same level.”
Very sorry to see Bautista Agut had to retire today. I was really looking forward to our 7th meeting and playing some good tennis. @BautistaAgut I wish you a full and fast recovery and see you at @Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/Qo95QIHSff
— borna coric (@borna_coric) June 23, 2018
Despite being a clear underdog, Coric said that he felt that was not a bad thing
“It frees me up for sure but especially like I said because I’m in the final and I didn’t expect that coming here. I have really nothing to lose tomorrow. I can go out there and I can just try to play my best tennis.”