2019 Italian Open – Borna Coric vs Roger Federer Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

Where is Borna Coric vs Roger Federer taking place? Foro Italico, Rome

When is Borna Coric vs Roger Federer on and what time does it start? Thursday 16th May, 2019 - 16:20 (UK)

What channel is Borna Coric vs Roger Federer on? BT Sport (check schedule for specific channel)

Where can I stream Borna Coric vs Roger Federer? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match via the BT Sport Player

Where can I get tickets for Borna Coric vs Roger Federer? https://ticketing.internazionalibnlditalia.com/

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Borna Coric 2-3 Roger Federer
Last meeting:
Roger Federer beat Borna Coric 6-2, 6-2

BORNA CORIC

  • Borna Coric got past Canada’s rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime in three sets in the first round of the Italian Open and then made light work of Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the second.
  • The 22-year-old shows promising signs of being a top 10 player in years to come and is on his best run here in Rome after two first-round exits in 2016 and 2018.
  • Coric has a better record than most over Roger Federer, just behind at 2-3, including beating the Swiss in the final of his beloved Halle last season.

ROGER FEDERER

  • World number three Roger Federer beat Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3 in his first match at the Italian Open to set-up a round of 16 tie with Borna Coric that he will have to play today due to bad weather halting play on Wednesday.
  • Federer has lost just three times this season, twice to Dominic Thiem including the Madrid Open quarter-finals last week, and beat Coric on his way to the Dubai Open title in March.
  • Federer has a 3-2 head-to-head record over Coric, a 2-2 once you discount the outlying 2015 result when the Croat was a teenager, and notably these players have never met at a stage earlier than a semi-finals.

THE PREDICTION

Borna Coric looks to be a Grand Slam contender, if not winner, in years to come and beat Roger Federer twice last year in a semi-final and final. This is their earliest stage meeting which could prove pivotal in the result if perhaps Federer takes his eye off the ball in an earlier round or, alternatively, the occasion requires the Swiss’ experience when there is less at stake. The pair have never played each other on clay, and Federer is playing in Rome for the first time since 2016 with his eyes on one more shot at a Roland Garros title. With all this in mind, and of course possible fatigue in Federer's legs, this match going the distance seems the likeliest outcome, where the younger man might take full advantage.