Borna Coric is aiming for the Top 50 and has ambitions of reaching No. 1 someday, saying he is leading the next wave of young players on the ATP tour.
"Playing tennis to break into the Top 20 has never been a goal. It is meaningless to play a sport, if it's not for becoming the No. 1 world player," he told the Times of India, adding, "When I'm at my best I am more like [Novak] Djokovic game wise, when I'm not, I'm more like [Andy] Murray."
The 18-year-old is ranked No. 95 and has eight career ATP wins, gaining attention when he defeated an ill Rafael Nadal last fall in Basel on his way to the semifinals.
"I think my game is quite similar to Djokovic's. I move well, I don't miss many balls, I'm a fighter and my backhand is my best shot. Currently, I'm the best of my generation. Making the Top 50 within the next few months seems a realistic goal for me now," he said.
The Croatian won his first round match at Chennai and next plays Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP 250 tournament.