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Coric vs Munar ATP Monte Carlo Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Can Coric reach the third round in Monte Carlo for the first time?

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 16 Apr 2019
  • Borna Coric vs Jaume Munar is live from Monte Carlo on Tuesday, 16 April from 3:30pm local time/ 2:30pm BST
  • First meeting between Coric and Munar
Borna Coric

Borna Coric will attempt to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time in his career when he takes on Spaniard, Jaume Munar on Tuesday. 

Coric is competing in Monte Carlo for the fifth straight year, and Sunday's opening round victory over Poland's Hubert Hurkacz was just his second ever win at the tournament.

He failed to get past the first round in his first three visits between 2015 and 2017, but he finally scored his first victory of the tournament in 2018, beating Julien Benneteau in the opening round. He fell in two tight sets to Novak Djokovic in the second round.

While Coric struggled to produce on clay last season, the Croatian excelled on quicker courts, claiming his biggest career title on the grass of Halle (memorably beating Roger Federer in the final of the ATP 500 tournament), reaching his maiden Masters 1000 final in Shanghai, and making another Masters semi-final at Indian Wells. He also played a prominent role as Croatia won the 2018 Davis Cup title.

Coric ended last season at No. 12 in the world, and would have started 2019 with hopes of breaking into the top-ten, but he's been relatively sluggish in the opening three months of the season, and is currently at 13th in the world. The 22-year-old made the fourth round of the Australian Open, a semi-final in Dubai and the quarter final in Miami, and in between all of that, he suffered first round defeats in Marseille and Indian Wells. He has not been poor, but he has not just looked as convincing as he did when he was at his best last season. 

He wasn't exactly at his best in his Monte Carlo opener against Hurkacz on Sunday, but he did just about enough to come through an admittedly difficult first round encounter, winning 6-4 5-7 7-5. It doesn't get any easier for Coric, who takes on rising Spaniard, Jaume Munar in the second round on Tuesday.


Munar got his Monte Carlo career off to a flying start, beating wildcard, Lucas Catarina 6-0 6-3 in his first ever match at the tournament. That victory over Catarina was his second ever at Masters 1000 level, the other being against Indian, Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the first round of the Miami Open.

Munar has been a very steady presence on clay this season, reaching quarter finals in Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Rio and Marrakech in an impressive show of consistency. Last week's Marrakech run included a second round victory over world No. 3, Alexander Zverev, handing Munar his first ever top-ten victory. Unfortunately, he came unstuck in the next round against Benoit Paire, falling 6-1 6-3 to the eventual champion.

Away from clay, he opened his season with a quarter final in Pune, but fell in the first round of the Australian Open and Indian Wells, before reaching the second round in Miami.

The 21-year-old is currently ranked 61st in the world, one spot off his career-high ranking, which he attained just a few weeks ago. It's been a sharp rise for the Spaniard over the last year- he was ranked at exactly 200 at the start of April 2018, but he shot as high as 75th last season, before settling for a year-end mark of 81st. He did most of his best work on the Challenger Tour, but also chipped in with a couple of breakthrough performances on the main tour, most notably, a semi-final run at the ATP 250 meet in Kitzbuhel, and a third-round showing on the hard courts of Winston-Salem. He also won his first Grand Slam matches at Roland Garros and the US Open, and ended the season with a semi-final finish at the Next Gen ATP Finals, further cementing his position as one of the brightest young guns on the tour.

He has built on all of that at start 2019, and is looking to up the ante in Monte Carlo.

Tuesday's match against Coric will be the first meeting between the two players, and Munar, a genuine clay-courter, has got to like his chances of scoring another big win here, so soon after his victory over Zverev in Marrakech. 

Coric doesn't look the most natural on this surface, but what the Croatian brings to the table is plenty of heart and grit. He is a very tough man to beat, particularly for a player like Munar who doesn't necessarily possess the big weapons to hit through the world No. 13.

It's a fascinating contest, but I'd say Munar just about shades it on Tuesday.

Borna Coric vs Jaume Munar is live from Monte Carlo on Tuesday, 16 April from 3:30pm local time/ 2:30pm BST

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Coric vs Munar ATP Monte Carlo Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Can Coric reach the third round in Monte Carlo for the first time?

Borna Coric attempts to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time in his career when he takes on Spaniard, Jaume Munar on Tuesday. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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