Jack Draper vs Borna Coric - Italian Open Rome Tennis Prediction and Pick 5/9/24

Jack Draper vs Borna Coric

Thursday, May 9, 2024

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British lefty Jack Draper will square off against Croatia's Borna Coric in an interesting first-round match at the 2024 Italian Open Rome. The match is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2024. Here's our Jack Draper vs Borna Coric prediction.

Jack Draper vs Borna Coric Preview

Jack Draper is stepping up his efforts to make an impact at Roland Garros. He has added prominent former South African tennis player Wayne Ferreira to his coaching team. Given Ferreira's well-proven credentials as a player and pro, it will be interesting to see how that partnership develops. Draper’s three defeats on clay have been to the Top 20 players, showcasing that it is taking the ATP’s best to beat him. His biggest barrier to success has been his body, which has broken down more frequently than he would have liked.

Borna Coric, like Draper, has not played much tennis this year. Their seasons are very similar. Both have battled injuries. Both have reached at least one ATP final. But Draper has fared marginally better. Coric is 2-3 on clay, losing to Alexander Zverev in straight sets at the Madrid Open in his most recent match. The former World No. 12 is playing his seventh main draw at the Italian Open Rome, and has made the round of 16 or better on two occasions.

Jack Draper vs Borna Coric Head-To-Head

• Draper and Corci will meet for the first time.

• Draper is 9-6 on hard courts in 2024 but 3-3 on clay.

• Coric has a negative win-loss record on clay this season (2-3) but is 9-7 on hard courts across all levels.

Jack Draper vs Borna Coric Prediction

Draper is making his debut in Rome. Coric, by contrast, reached a quarterfinal last year at this tournament, although it would take a brave man to bet on that happening this year, given his stop-start season. But the Croat is a gifted baseliner with great footwork and some solid groundstrokes. He has struggled for that consistency because of injuries this year. I think there is decent value in taking Coric here. Clay will act as the big neutralizer here on Draper’s ferocious shots.

 

Nur’s Pick Borna Coric ML

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