|Posted on March 14, 2016 at 7:10 PM|
Tomas Berdych returns the ball in his match against Borna Coric of Croatia during day eight of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Monday, March 14, 2016 in Indian Wells, California.
Berdych will face Borna Coric in the third round. Coric beat Thomas Bellucci 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday.
"It’s a young kid coming up and I think he’s playing decent ball," Berdych said of Coric. "Again the main thing is to focus on myself and my game, try to raise the game from the first round, and try to hit it nice and clean. That’s the way I have to play on the court."
 Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Borna Coric (CRO) Berdych Leads 1-0
15 Halle (Germany) Grass R16 Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-2
Berdych 2016 FastFacts
SF (2): Doha (l. to Djokovic); Marseille (l. to Kyrgios); QF (2): Australian Open (l. to Federer); Dubai (l. to Kyrgios)
YTD W-L: 13-5 (13-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 12
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 7
Indian Wells W-L (Best Result): 19-11 (2013 Semi-finalist)
• 2016 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells: Beat [WC] del Potro 76(4) 62 in 2R
• Tournament Highlight: Reached QF-or-better 3 times, including 2013 SF run (d. No. 10 Gasquet, l. to No. 5 Nadal)
• Advanced to QF-or-better at 1st 4 events of 2016 season
• Reached 6th straight Australian Open QF (d. Bautista Agut in 5 sets, l. to No. 3 Federer)
• Fell to No. 1 Djokovic in Doha SF and Kyrgios in both Marseille SF and Dubai QF
• Helped Czech Republic defeat Germany 3-2 in Davis Cup 1R by winning 5-setter over A. Zverev in 4h, 20m
• Also won doubles w/Stepanek for 50th Davis Cup victory of career (d. Kohlschreiber/Petzschner)
• Retired with right hamstring injury in 4th rubber while trailing Kohlschreiber 63 75
Coric 2016 FastFacts
F: Chennai (l. to Wawrinka)
YTD W-L: 9-7 (8-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 14, 1996
Emirates ATP Ranking: 47
Indian Wells W-L (Best Result): 3-1 (2016 Round of 32)
• 2016 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells: Beat Pouille 62 75 in 1R and  Bellucci 62 62 in 2R
• Tournament Highlight: Qualified in only other appearance in 2015 (d. Haider-Maurer, l. to Tomic in 2R)
• Began season by reaching 1st ATP World Tour final at Chennai (d. Bautista Agut 76 in 3rd, l. to No. 4 Wawrinka)
• Became 1st teen to play in an ATP final since countryman Cilic at 2008 New Haven (d. Fish)
• Spent 9 hours, 29 minutes on court en route to final, nearly 3 times Wawrinka’s 3 hours, 16 minutes
• After falling to Goffin in 5 sets, clinched Croatia’s 3-2 win over Belgium in Davis Cup 1R (d. Coppejans)
• Suffered 4-match losing streak after Chennai SF win over Bedene
Berdych Holds Off Coric
Monday, March 14, 2016 | ATP Staff
Sixth-seeded Czech sets Raonic clash in Indian Wells
Tomas Berdych’s BNP Paribas Open campaign is fast gathering pace after his second straight-sets win on Monday. The sixth-seeded Czech accounted for 19-year-old Croat Borna Coric 6-1, 7-6(3).
It comes after Berdych's 7-6(4), 6-2 defeat of 2013 runner-up Juan Martin del Potro and sets up a fourth-round meeting with No. 12 seed Milos Raonic.
The 30-year-old Berdych had claimed his only prior FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter with #NextGen star Coric, at Halle last season.
Berdych has reached the quarter-finals or better three times at Indian Wells, with his best result coming with a run to the semi-finals in 2013 (l. Nadal). He will be aiming for his fifth straight quarter-final of 2016 when he faces Raonic. The Canadian leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 3-2.
Score and Stats - Tomas Berdych def. Borna Coric
Tomas Berdych Overcomes Late Comeback Effort From Borna Coric
The Croat gave a spirited comeback effort but fell just short, dropping the match in straights to the Czech.
Tomas Berdych met Borna Coric in Stadium 1 at the BNP Paribas Open. Oddly enough, this was supposed to be a day match but thanks to two long three-setters before their match, this match began when the night session was supposed to start. This was labeled as a “popcorn match” to many, but it failed to live up to that for most part with Berdych flying out to a commanding lead before Coric fought commendingly but lost in straights 6-1, 7-6(3).
Coric Fails To Hold Serve As Berdych Dominates Opener
Berdych opened up the match serving and was pushed to deuce but was able to hold to open up the proceedings. The Czech was able to open up a 0-40 lead on the Croat’s serve and drew the backhand error from Coric to go up an early break. The youngster earned the break right back though, after an erratic game from Berdych.
Oddly enough, the early goings of this game looked more like a WTA match rather than ATP match with yet another break as the 2010 Wimbledon finalist broke back for 3-1 and gave the match its first service hold since the opening game for a 4-1 lead. Another wild game from Coric gave the Czech number one a 5-1 lead. A love hold with a forehand winner, closed out the opening set for the Czech, 6-1 in a quick 24 minutes.
Coric Fights Back But Falls In Straights
The bleeding continued for Coric, getting broken to start the second. He had two break back points up 15-40, but sent the first one long and wide. However, a backhand error from the Czech leveled the second set at one apiece. The break fest continued as Berdych made it three straight breaks to open the second, breaking for 2-1 and consolidated with the first hold of the second. It went from bad to worse for Coric, getting broken yet again with the Czech leading 4-1 thanks to a forehand error.
Similarly to the first set, Coric had 15-40 for two break back points. He converted on the second as he looked to turn around his dismal 0/6 service games with a hold. After a massive ace down the tee gave him 30-15, Coric was unable to close out the game as it went to deuce. A great touch drop volley gave the Czech break point, but the Croat battled back for a game point, only to double-fault. He finally held for the first time in the match to cut the deficit to 3-4.
Whilst serving for the match, Berdych was forced to deuce after a brilliant hot shot from Coric with drop volley, followed by a spin. He was able to break after fending off two match points for five-all as there looked to be a new twist in the plot. At 30-all up 6-5, with Berdych serving, the Croat was just two points away from forcing a decider. He pushed the game to deuce but saw the second set head to a tiebreak instead.
Coric was the first to crack in the tiebreak, hitting a forehand six inches long to give the Czech number one the 3-1 mini-break lead. The Croat struck back with a phenomenal backhand winner down the line to get it back on serve at 3-4. However, a backhand error gave the mini-break right back. The Czech was able to close it out 7-3 in the tiebreak to move on to face Milos Raonic.
Coric was dismal on serve throughout the first set. He did not win a single service game, going 0/3 in that regard. Also, winning 20 percent of points on first and second serve did not help. The Croat performed much better on serve in the second and held his serve for the first times in the set. However, too many unforced errors did him in.
Tomas Berdych in action against Borna Coric of Croatia in their third round match during day eight of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Monday, March 14, 2016 in Indian Wells, California. Berdych won 6-1, 7-6(3).
Tomas Berdych celebrates winning his match against Borna Coric of Croatia during day eight of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Monday, March 14, 2016 in Indian Wells, California. Berdych won 6-1, 7-6(3).