Borna Coric of Croatia celebrates after winning the second set as he plays against Steve Johnson of the United States during a Davis Cup semifinal singles tennis match between Croatia and the United States in Zadar, Croatia, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Through The Legs: Coric's 'Tweener' Draws Bows At Davis Cup

September 14, 2018 - 6:42 am

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Borna Coric pulled off a through-the-legs lob shot winner that drew bows from the crowd en route to giving Croatia a 1-0 lead over the United States in the Davis Cup semifinals Friday.

Early in the third set of a 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Steve Johnson, Coric ran down a lob from Johnson and replied with a shot known as a "tweener" that flew over the head of his 6-foot-2 (1.88-meter) opponent and landed within inches of the baseline.

The 21-year-old Coric, considered one of the top up-and-coming players in the game, said he had never before even come close to landing such a shot.

"I normally go somehow around my back," he said. "But I just felt that I can do it. It was not such an important point, so I just did it. Honestly I never do it in practice as well, so I don't know how it was that good, to be honest. It was really luck.

"I did mean it (to be a lob) but I thought I'm going to miss by a lot," Coric added. "But I made it."

Moments earlier, the 18th-ranked Coric had landed a delicate forehand drop-shot winner to close out a close second-set tiebreak.

"He came up with some good stuff today," Johnson said.

Sixth-ranked Marin Cilic was next facing Davis Cup debutant Frances Tiafoe in the second singles match of the best-of-five series on an outdoor clay court along the Dalmatian coast.

The winner will meet either France or Spain in the final.


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