Sport24.co.za | Coric 'couldn't have played better' in Djokovic defeat

Cape Town – Borna Coric lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final of the Shanghai Masters on Sunday and the Croatian insists he did everything he could and was simply beaten by a superior player.

Coric has won twice on the ATP tour. However he has never won a Masters 1000 event.

Sunday was his first ever Masters 1000 final.

Coric was completely outplayed on Sunday and he admitted as much afterwards but added that he would use the loss as a learning experience and be better for it.

“He was the much better player on the court. I was playing good, really. I was really happy how I played,” Coric said.

“I couldn’t play much better today, to be honest. I could serve maybe a little bit better, but still, I felt even if I was serving little bit better, he’d still return my serves. So there is nothing I can do.

“It was really tough, I need to say. I just didn’t know what to do exactly. He was the much better player on the court today. There is no doubt about that.

“It was very good lesson today. I didn’t enjoy it as much, to be honest. But now when I look back on it, it’s a very good lesson.

“I think I can learn a lot from this match. I’m going to look at it when I have some time off. For sure I think he played really, really unbelievable tennis. So I’m going to try to learn something.”

Coric is just 21-years-of-age and has been tipped as one of tennis’ future stars.

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