Dubai, United Arab Emirates
With five International Tennis Federation Futures titles under his belt, Coric turned pro shortly after winning the 2013 U.S. Open juniors title. The next year, he reached the U.S. Open main draw as a qualifier and upset No. 29 seed Lukas Rosol in the first round. Later in 2014, Coric won an ATP Challenger event in Izmir, Turkey, and worked his way into the ATP Top 100 with wins over 13th-ranked Ernests Gulbis and third-ranked Rafael Nadal in Basel. By beating Nadal, Coric became first 17-year-old to defeat a player in the Top 3 since Nadal himself defeated No. 1 Roger Federer in 2005. He defeated Nadal again in 2016 and reached finals in Chennai (lost to Stan Wawrinka) and Marrakech (lost to Federico Delbonis). The following year, Coric finished the job in Marrakech for his first career title. Coric, a boxing fan who names Mike Tyson one of his favorite athletes, is a grinding counter-puncher whose long rallies have drawn comparisons to Novak Djokovic's.
Coric defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in the 2017 Grand Prix Hassan II final for his first career title: