Photo: Rowland Charles GoodmanBorna Coric (CRO)
BOURNEMOUTH, GREAT BRITAIN: 16-year-old Borna Coric, playing in his first ITF Pro Circuit final, triumphed over British sixth seed Daniel Cox 67(4) 64 63 to claim his maiden singles title.
The Croatian teenager came through the qualifying event to take his place in the main draw and never looked back as he reeled off four straight sets wins to reach the final.
The final, witnessed by a capacity crowd at the West Hants Club venue, looked to be providing a home grown champion as Daniel Cox, a six-time singles champion on the ITF Pro Circuit, took the opening set on a tiebreak having initially raced into a 3-0 lead.
However, the current ITF Junior World Number 4 ranked player hit back and broke Cox’s serve when leading 5-4 to level the match and force a deciding set. The young Croatian then stunned all as he quickly moved into a five-love lead to make it seven games won in a row and taking him to the brink of victory.
22-year-old Cox then drew on his experience of previous finals to save a match point and then, with some heavy hitting, took the next three games to close the gap to 5-3. That was as close as Coric was to allow his opponent to get and as he saw a forehand effort from Cox land out on match point he punched the air with understandable delight.
Coric next heads almost the length of Britain as he leaves the English south coast and heads north to Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh for his next ITF Pro Circuit tournament.