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Borna Coric is back in the world’s top 30 after successful return from injury in 2022. In his opening game of the 2023 Australian Open he will face youngster Jiri Lehecka, who is yet to record a Grand Slam win.
Set 2 Winner: Coric
Lehecka to Win More Than 1 Set: NO
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing
Jiri Lehecka vs Borna Coric – Match Predictions
Borna Coric is excited to be back in Australia, missed the 2022 edition injured, and he will seek easy round 1 win. Youngster Lehecka is yet to show much when it comes to Grand Slam potential. Now a closer look at our tennis predictions for this game:
Coric to Win Set 2
Coric is experienced player and he knows the importance of set 2 in 5-set matches. With this in mind no matter if he wins the opening set or no he’s likely to put extra effort in securing the second set of the match.
Lehecka to Win More Than 1 Set: No
The 21-year-old Lehecka made his Grand Slam debut in last year’s Australian Open. He played in all 4 Grand Slams in 2022, but failed to win a match and exited all 4 tournaments after just 1 game. He’s also yet to even reach an ATP final in his young career and has a single win against a top 30 player.
Jiri Lehecka vs Borna Coric Preview
After making our Lehecka vs Coric predictions it’s time to take a closer look at the two players individually as they enter Australian Open 2023:
The world number 78 Lehecka had his first year as a top 150 player in 2022. All started with successful qualifying run to the 2022 Australian Open main draw. This was Lehecka’s Grand Slam debut. The Czech then reached his first ATP semi-final on his ATP debut in Rotterdam in February. This helped him to enter the top 100, but from that point on his results stagnated and he didn’t make another deep run in any other tournament.
The world number 23 Coric missed 5 of the last 7 Grand Slams due to a shoulder injury. This included the 2022 Australian Open, but gradually as his health improved in 2022 his form did too. Coric achieved his highest ranking of 12 in August when becoming the lowest ranked ever player to win a Masters 1000. On the way to his title in Cincinnati he defeated all of Nadal, Bautista Agut, Auger-Aliassime, Norrie and Tsitsipas. This re-established Coric as one of the most talented players on the tour.
The Croat knows how to win on the big stage already. He has made it past round 1 in 8 of his last 10 Grand Slam appearances. In 2019 he reached the fourth round in Australia.
Lehecka vs Coric Head to Head
This will be the first ever meeting between the players.
Jiri Lehecka vs Borna Coric Match Details
- When will the match start? The match is scheduled to start at 03:30 am GMT on Monday, January 16th.
- On which court will the match be played? The match will be played on Court 7 in Melbourne.
- Where to watch AO 2023 in UK? You can watch Australian Open on Eurosport broadcast and online, or stream it on Discovery +.