Stan is nobody’s stepping stone or is he?
Stan Wawrinka vs. Borna Coric
A lot of experts have tabbed Coric for big things. He has played pretty well over 18 months. Facing Stan Wawrinka in the Chennai final should be a good measuring stick for the young Croatian. Stan leads their head-to-head 2-0 with a straight set win last year in Chennai sticking out to me. The two battled for 3 sets in Cincinnati last year as well.
What I Expect to Happen
Coric has a chance, but he is decidedly the underdog. Stan apparently loves this event having won Chennai 2014 and 2015. More importantly, Stan’s game has more heft than the 19-year-old’s game does at this point. Coric will need to take care of his serve and hit heavy shots to win this match. I think he is capable of doing that, but I doubt he does it often enough to upend the ever dangerous Swiss shot-maker.
My Prediction: Stan Wawrinka d. Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3