A brave defeat for the youngest ATP finalist since 2008.
Borna Ćorić has suffered a defeat in the first ATP final of his career. In Chennai, Stanislas Wawrinka defeated him 3-6, 5-7. Ćorić opened the match very bravely. He threatened the fourth best player in the world in the very first game of the first set, but failed to break his serve. Wawrinka, who last year was the winner of the French Open, broke Ćorić’s serve in the sixth game, when he took advantage of his first break point. In the very next game, Ćorić had 15-40 and two break points, but missed his opportunity and allowed the Swiss player to take the lead in sets, reports Index.hr on January 10, 2016.
In the third game of the second set, the Croatian player saved another break point. He play well in the ninth game of the second set as well, when he managed to win the game even though he was losing 0-30. However, Wawrinka managed to break his serve in the eleventh game. In the next game, Wawrinka did not lose a point and managed to win the title and reach the third victory in all three matches against Ćorić. This is Wawrinka’s third title in a row in Chennai. Unbelievably, in the last three years he has not lost a set at that tournament.
Ćorić, who is 19 years old, became the youngest player in an ATP final since 2008, when another Croatian player Marin Ćilić, who was then also 19 years old, competed in the final of the tournament in New Haven, which he won with a victory against Mardy Fish.
With his win in the semi-finals, Ćorić advanced four places in the world rankings, and is now the 40th best player in the world. If he won today against Wawrinka, he would have advanced to the 35th position in the world rankings.