A late end to the 2018 season and an illness led to Croatian star Borna Coric having a short offseason and entering this season not prepared the way he would have preferred. The Croatian decided to travel to London as an alternate for the Nitto ATP Finals but didnt make his debut at the season-ending tournament as no players withdrew before or during the tournament.

The 22-year-old then had to make a quick transition from indoor hard-courts to indoor-clay as a week later France hosted Croatia in the Davis Cup final. Coric, ranked at No. 13 in the world, contributed in Croatias 3-1 over France by beating French Jeremy Chardy in the opening rubber of the final tie.

Coric officially kicked off his 2019 season at the Australian Open, where he made the round-of-16 before losing to Frances Lucas Pouille. In his first tournament since the Australian Open, the Croatian suffered a surprise round-of-16 exit at last weeks Open 13 Provence in Marseille but appears to be picking up form at this week Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The 22-year-old edged out Czech Tomas Berdych 1-6 6-1 7-6 (4) on Wednesday to set up a Dubai quarter-final against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili. I had a very short offseason. I got sick so I didnt train for 10 days which was very unluckyso thats why I take these last few weeks as kind of preparation.

It was very tough, but at the end of the day Im a Davis Cup champion, Coric revealed following his win over Berdych, per Marianne Bevis.

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