Roger Federer: Borna Coric makes 'lucky' claim after Halle Open victory
BORNA CORIC admits he was 'lucky' to beat Roger Federer at the Halle Open on Sunday.
The Croatian youngster stunned nine-time champion Federer 7-6 6-3 6-2 to secure his first title on grass and only the second tour-level title of his career.
Coric saved three of four break points and two set points on his way to depriving Federer of the chance to win his 100th professional title at Wimbledon next month.
And the 21-year-old admits luck was on his side against the Swiss icon.
"In a tiebreak I was lucky," said Coric.
"I saved two set points and on one of them I was very very lucky now that I remember.
Roger Federer missed the chance to win his 99th title
"I needed the luck today.
"That's tennis at the end of the day."
Coric will look to use this win as momentum ahead of Wimbledon next month.
And the 21-year-old clearly feels he is in good form ahead of the tournament.
"It was the most unbelievable week of my whole life," he added.
"I was playing very very good for the whole week.
"And I was serving very good today.
Borna Coric won just his second tour-level title
"I was serving the best I ever have in my whole life.
"I was hitting the shots I don't usually hit.
"Hopefully I can continue like that now."
Speaking after the thrilling clash, Federer praised his counterpart for his hard-fought victory.
"Many congratulations Borna for your first grass title," he said in the post-match presentation.
"You played a wonderful match and deserved to win at the end."