He is not the best-placed Argentine tennis player on the men’s tennis circuit, but he is the one who has the privilege of intimidating Novak Djokovic with taking away one of the many statistics that he leads. He’s Federico Coria, the 29-year-old from Rosario who grew up with the pressure of being Guillermo’s brother, and who is now ranked as the second most solvency player in crucial situations in a match.
In this sense, an ATP statistic reveals that only Djokovic ranks above Coria in what could be called the “ranking under pressure”, that is, the percentage of break points saved and capitalized.
The curious and paradoxical thing is that the current 62nd in the world went through, for much of his career, different circumstances that had pressure as a serious protagonist. The simple fact of being the brother of the one who knew how to be the 3rd of the circuit and who was one step away from lifting the crown at Roland Garros, entails a significant backpack. And that’s what he faced from a young age.
Today, with his own authentic path, Fede Coria earned his place in the world of tennis: he won the place to represent Argentina at the Tokyo Olympics and, at the ATP 250 in Bastad, he was only one triumph away from becoming of his first title on the circuit.
Thus, in this statistic, in which he has more than 40% capitalized break points and almost 60% saved in the last 52 weeks, the Argentine surpasses tennis players of the stature of Rafael Nadal, Lorenzo Musetti, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini, among others. Ahead, only the Serbian, No. 1.