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The defending Cincinnati Open champion Borna Coric is starting the tournament against one of the hopes of the home crowd, Sebastian Korda.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Sebastian Korda vs Borna Coric – match predictions
Both players are coming off early exits in Toronto and are hoping to have a much more successful week in Cincinnati.
Borna Coric to win
Borna Coric definitely knows how to win in Cincinnati since he won the title last week. Given the odds, he is considered a major underdog in this match even though there are not obvious reasons for that. Korda is still trying to get to his full form from the start of the season after missing some time with an injury. Coric won their recent exhibition match and has reached the semis in Los Cabos, so we go with the defending champion in this one.
First set over 9.5 games
Both players have decent serves and are experienced enough to hold their serves at the beginning of the match. They both see this as a must win match in order to prepare for the US Open so it will be a tough start with the first set going over 9.5 games in total.
Sebastian Korda vs Borna Coric preview
Both Korda and Coric have what it takes to go deep in the Western & Southern Open which makes their opening round match a must-watch.
Borna Coric is 15th in the ATP rankings, three spots lower than his career high. The Croat is 21-18 for the season and 6-8 on hard.
Last week, he lost the opening match to Aleksandar Vukic in Toronto, 6-2, 6-3. Previously he reached the semifinals in Los Cabos where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Coric’s best result this season was the semifinals in Madrid where he lost to Carlos Alcaraz.
Korda is 32nd in the rankings and his career high was No. 25. The American is 13-10 for the season and 9-4 on hard.
Last week, just like Coric, he lost to Vukic in the second round in Toronto, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6.
Korda played very well at the beginning of the season. He reached the final in Adelaide where he lost to Novak Djokovic. After that, he reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open defeating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets on his way there before losing retiring in the quarterfinals against Karen Khachanov.
Sebastian Korda vs Borna Coric head to head
Coric has won the only previous match against Korda played less than two months ago. It was an exhibition match at the Boodles Tennis Challenge where the Croat won 6-3, 3-6, 10-4.
Sebastian Korda vs Borna Coric match details
- When will the match between Korda vs Coric be played? The match is scheduled for August 14.
- Who is the favorite in the match between Korda vs Coric? Given the odds, Korda is the favorite to win this match.
- Who is the defending champion of the Western & Southern Open? Borna Coric won the Western & Southern Open last year.
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