|Residence||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Born||14 November 1996|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand), born left-handed|
|Coach||Martin ?t?pánek (2019-)|
|Career record||168-143 (54.0%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 12 (5 November 2018)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2019)|
|French Open||3R (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)|
|US Open||QF (2020)|
|Career record||4-15 (21.1%)|
|Davis Cup||W (2018)|
|Last updated on: as of 15 March 2021.|
Borna ?ori? (Croatian pronunciation: [bô:rna t:rit?]; born 14 November 1996) is a Croatian professional tennis player. On 5 November 2018, he reached his best singles ranking of world No. 12.
In 2013, ?ori? reached the semifinals of both the Australian and French Open junior events, before going on to win the boys' singles event at the US Open against Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in three sets. As a result, ?ori? moved to No. 1 in the junior rankings. That year, he also began playing on the ITF Futures circuit, winning five singles titles.
?ori? made his debut at the 2013 Davis Cup, after he was selected for Croatia's World Group Play-off tie against Great Britain, with his first best-of-5 sets match coming against world number 3, Andy Murray. Despite showing promise, matching the Scot's level in the first 6 games, and breaking his serve in the third set, he would ultimately go on to lose in straight sets.
In July, in the first round of the clay court event in Umag where he was playing with a wildcard, ?ori? scored another notable win over a top-50 player, beating seventh seed, No. 46 Édouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets. He beat qualifier Horacio Zeballos in the second round to reach his first ATP quarterfinal. In the quarterfinal, he faced second seed Fabio Fognini and lost in three sets. ?ori? entered the top 200 for the first time on 28 July after his run in Umag, at No. 194.
In August, ?ori? qualified for the main draw of the 2014 US Open, his first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam. He upset 29th seed Luká? Rosol in the first round in straight sets, before falling to Víctor Estrella Burgos in the second round.
In October, he was given a wildcard for the Swiss Indoors, where he achieved his first victory over a top-20 player, No. 13 Ernests Gulbis, in straight sets. In the quarterfinals he went on to record the biggest victory of his young career, defeating world No. 3, Rafael Nadal. His run to the semifinals launched him into the world's top 100 for the first time (at No. 93), making him the youngest player to do so since Nadal in 2003. In the semifinal, he lost to future top ten player David Goffin, in three sets.
In February, ?ori? made his second ATP 500 semifinal of his career in Dubai, defeating world No. 3, Andy Murray, in straight sets in the quarterfinals, his second win over a top 5 player; this was despite ?ori? losing in the qualifying tournament, and requiring entrance into the main draw as a Lucky Loser. In the semifinals, he lost to world No. 2, Roger Federer, in straight sets. In March, ?ori? made his ATP Masters 1000 main-draw debut in Indian Wells, after winning two qualifying matches, reaching the second round.
?ori? achieved his first grass-court win by defeating Donald Young in the first round in Halle before losing to Tomas Berdych in the second round. At the Wimbledon Championships, he defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky in the first round, then lost to 25th seed Andreas Seppi in the second in five sets.
In August, ?ori? climbed to a then career-high of No. 33 in the ATP rankings. After defeating one of his junior rivals, and future top 3 player Alexander Zverev, he lost to Stan Wawrinka in three close sets in the second round in Cincinnati. The Winston-Salem Open saw the first time that ?ori? attended an ATP tournament as a seeded player, where he reached the quarterfinals and lost to eventual champion Kevin Anderson. At the US Open, he lost in the first round to 8th seed Rafael Nadal in four sets.
In September, after winning another ATP Challenger title, ?ori? achieved two singles wins for Croatia in the 2015 Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie against Brazil. He ended his 2015 season at No. 44.
In January, he was named in Forbes' "30 Under 30" sports list for 2016. That same month, he reached his first ATP final at Chennai, but was defeated by Stan Wawrinka in straight sets. In March, ?ori? played for Croatia in a Davis Cup tie against Belgium. He lost in a five-setter to David Goffin, but won the deciding rubber by defeating Kimmer Coppejans.
In April, ?ori? reached his second ATP final in Marrakesh, losing to Federico Delbonis in straight sets. In July, ?ori? repeated his feat from earlier in the year by winning the decisive rubber in Croatia's Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against the United States, defeating Jack Sock to send Croatia to their first Davis Cup semifinal since 2009.
At the Cincinnati Masters, ?ori? scored his third career victory over a top-10 player when he defeated former number one player, Rafael Nadal, in straight sets. It was his second career win over the Spaniard, both of which he achieved while still a teenager. ?ori? reached his first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal at the Cincinnati Masters, but was forced to retire when facing the eventual champion, Marin ?ili?, in the quarterfinal match due to a knee injury, marking the first time that ?ori? retired during a match in his career.
In 2017, ?ori? won his first ATP title in Marrakesh, coming back from a set down to defeat Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets after saving five championship points.
On 12 May 2017, at the Madrid Open, ?ori? defeated the number one, Andy Murray, in straight sets. This was his first victory over a world No. 1 player.
In the second round of the US Open, ?ori? would record the biggest win of his career at the Grand Slam level, defeating the 4th seed, Alexander Zverev. ?ori? subsequently lost to eventual finalist, Kevin Anderson, in the third round.
?ori? qualified for the Next Generation ATP Finals after finishing in the top seven in the Race to Milan. He entered as the fourth seed and won his group through the round robin stage, defeating Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev and Jared Donaldson. He was defeated by Andrey Rublev in the semifinals.
In February, ?ori? helped Croatia to advance to the Davis Cup quarterfinals, defeating Vasek Pospisil and rising star Denis Shapovalov. In March, ?ori? played his first ATP Masters 1000 semifinal in Indian Wells losing to Roger Federer in three tight sets, despite leading by a set and a break. ?ori? followed up this result with another impressive performance in Miami, eventually bowing out to Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals.
In Halle, he upset world No. 3, Alexander Zverev, and world No. 1, Federer, (who held a 20-match winning streak on grass), to win his second career title and first on grass. ?ori?'s serve was broken only twice during the entire tournament. In July, he broke into the top 20 of the ATP rankings for the first time.
In September, ?ori? reached the last 16 of a major tournament for the first time in his career at the US Open. Later that month, Croatia hosted the United States for the Davis Cup semifinals. The teams split the first four matches, including a straight sets victory for ?ori? over Steve Johnson. In the deciding rubber, ?ori? came back from two sets to one down to beat Frances Tiafoe and send Croatia into their second Davis Cup final in three years.
Heading into October, ?ori? had failed to reach the quarterfinals in his previous seven tournaments, dating back to his victory in Halle. He broke this drought at the Shanghai Masters by reaching the final, beating defending champion and top seed Federer in the semifinals, before succumbing to Novak Djokovic in the final. His effort in reaching his maiden ATP Masters 1000 final propelled him to a career high rank of No. 13 in the ATP rankings.
In 2019, ?ori? won his first ever match at the Australian Open against Steve Darcis. He then defeated Márton Fucsovics and Filip Krajinovi? before losing to 28th seed Lucas Pouille in the fourth round. This marked the second consecutive time, and the second time overall that ?ori? reached the last 16 of a major.
After an early exit in Marseille, ?ori? battled through three consecutive third set tie-breakers against Ji?í Veselý, Tomá? Berdych, and Nikoloz Basilashvili to reach the semifinals of the Dubai Championships. There, his run of success against Roger Federer ended, as he fell victim to the Swiss in straight sets during Federer's historic 100th title run. ?ori? was unable to match his previous year's success at the Indian Wells Masters, losing his opening match to compatriot Ivo Karlovi?. In Miami, ?ori? reached the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year before losing to Canadian qualifier Félix Auger-Aliassime.
?ori? started his 2019 clay-court season at Monte-Carlo, losing to eventual champion Fabio Fognini in the quarterfinals. Next, ?ori? suffered early exits in Budapest and Madrid. In Rome, ?ori? faced off against Federer for the fifth time in 14 months. The pair split the opening two sets, and were the deadlocked in the decider. Federer won the match in a tiebreak after ?ori? was unable to convert upon two match point opportunities. ?ori?'s clay-court season ended with another hard-fought defeat at the French Open to German Jan-Lennard Struff.
?ori? entered the grass-court season as Croatian number one for the first time in his career, after overtaking Marin ?ili? in the ATP rankings. In 's-Hertogenbosch, ?ori? recovered to win after a double break deficit in the third set against Cristian Garín to reach his second semifinal of the year; he lost to Adrian Mannarino in a third set tiebreak. As defending champion in Halle, ?ori? overcame João Sousa in a grueling three-hour match before being forced to retire down a set against Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the quarterfinals due to a back injury. ?ori? subsequently withdrew from Wimbledon. At the US Open, he once again withdrew before his second-round match citing a lower back strain.
?ori? returned to competitive play at the St. Petersburg Open in September, reaching his first final of the year. En route to the final, he recovered from a set deficit in all three of his matches against Fucsovics, Casper Ruud, and Sousa. In the final, he was defeated by US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. He then made the quarterfinals at the Zhuhai Championships, losing to eventual champion Alex De Minaur. However, ?ori?'s season ended poorly, suffering first-round defeats in his last four tournaments including Shanghai where he'd been a finalist in 2018. ?ori? finished the year ranked No. 28.
He represented Croatia at the Davis Cup Finals in November, where Croatia was drawn in Group B alongside Russia and Spain. Croatia lost their opening tie 0-3 against Russia, with ?ori? losing the second rubber in three sets against Karen Khachanov. He then pulled out of the tie against Spain citing exhaustion. Spain went on to win the tie 3-0, thus eliminating Croatia from the competition.
At the Cincinnati Open, he lost in the second round to David Goffin. ?ori? had much improved form at the US Open where he beat Pablo Andujar and Juan Ignacio Londero in the first two rounds before saving six match points to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets and then Jordan Thompson in straight sets to advance to the quarter finals where he lost to Alexander Zverev in four sets.
?ori? started his 2021 season at the first edition of the Murray River Open. Seeded fourth, he reached the quarterfinals where he lost to eighth seed and eventual champion, Dan Evans. Seeded 22nd at the Australian Open, he was defeated in the second round by Mackenzie McDonald.
?ori? is a defensive baseliner. He is very solid and consistent from primarily the backhand wing, but has shown some improvement from the forehand wing in 2018, and this improvement was praised in his defeats of Roger Federer in both the 2018 Halle final and Shanghai Masters semi-final. However, he continues to struggle hitting forehand groundstrokes in defensive positions or on the run. He has great coordination and footwork, thus allowing him to move well laterally on the court. His style of play lends itself to having long rallies and wearing down his opponent from the baseline. Due to the fact that he's born left-handed but plays on his right hand, the strengths in his game are in his movement and his two-handed backhand. His forehand, with his long takeback and tendency to break down under the stress of an opponent's offence, has been cited as an area of possible focus in the future.
In addition, he also possesses a strong and precise serve, which enables him to win a lot of easy points. That in turn, helps to preserve his energy for return games and outlast opponents in long rallies, in order to break their serve. He is punishing to players who drop the ball short, allowing him to take the ball on the rise and turn defense into offence effectively, earning him comparison to Novak Djokovic. He has been lauded for his impressive mental fortitude in tough situations.
His past coaches have been ?eljko Krajan (2014-2015), Thomas Johansson (2015), Miles Maclagan (2016), Ivica An?i? (2016-2017), Riccardo Piatti (2017-2019), and Antonio Vei? (2019). He is currently coached by Martin ?t?pánek.
Current through the 2021 Australian Open.
|Australian Open||A||1R||1R||1R||1R||4R||1R||2R||0 / 7||4-7||36%|
|French Open||A||3R||3R||2R||3R||3R||1R||A||0 / 6||9-6||60%|
|Wimbledon||Q1||2R||1R||1R||1R||A||NH||A||0 / 4||1-4||20%|
|US Open||2R||1R||1R||3R||4R||2R||QF||A||0 / 7||11-7||61%|
|Win-Loss||1-1||3-4||2-4||3-4||5-4||6-3||4-3||1-1||0 / 24||25-24||51%|