ATP Marrakech: Federico Delbonis Defeats Borna Coric in Straight Sets to Take Home Title
Federico Delbonis fends off rising star Borna Coric for the Marrakech title (Photo:ATP)

The final of the Grand Prix Hassan II saw clay court specialist Federico Delbonis take on Borna Coric of Croatia. It was the Argentine who took home the trophy winning 6-2, 6-4. The rising star will have to wait even longer to capture his maiden ATP title. 

Delbonis takes opener 

In his opening game, Federico Delbonis was pushed to deuce by Coric, but managed to hold. Despite losing the opening point of his game, the 19-year old had no problems in holding for 1-1. Borna Coric looked to be up to the task in the early stages, but Delbonis' consistency from the baseline gave the Croat little margin for error. In the fourth game, Delbonis broke the Croat and started to take control of the set. Borna Coric had to save three breaks points in the sixth game as the Argentine piled the pressure on the youngster.

Borna Coric in action (Photo:Sporting Life)
Borna Coric in action (Photo:Sporting Life)

In the following game, Coric had his chance to break the Delbonis serve. However, strong play from Delbonis denied the world number 48 from getting back into the match. With Borna Coric serving to stay in the set, the 25-year-old found himself with set point at advantage. He took his chance on his first set point and won the opening set in 44 minutes and had half an eye on the trophy. 

Late break seals title for Delbonis

Having lost the first set, Borna Coric was looking to get back on level terms and the second started with two holds of serve. Both players were holding there own, not giving  their opponents a sniff, although Delbonis was being pushed by Coric. The Argentine faced two break points in the ninth game at 15-40 and fought hard to stop Coric from getting ahead in the set.

In the following game, Delbonis raced away to a 40-15 lead and clinched the Marrakech title winning 10 out of the last 13 points. Borna Coric hit a shot past the baseline match point down. This was the second title for the man from Azul, Argentina, while Coric, in his second final failed to win his first title on the ATP Tour. The wait goes on. Federico Delbonis saved two out of two break points and needed only the one to break, while Coric didn't save any and couldn't convert any of his two. 

Federico holds the Marrakech title (Photo:Tennis TV)
Federico Delbonis holds the Marrakech title (Photo:Tennis TV)

Match stats

Federico Delbonis hit four aces and two double-faults. He found success on first serves winning 80 percent points, but struggled on his second winning only 45 percent. The Argentine saved three out of three break points throughout the match. The 26-year-old won 55 percent of total points. 

Borna Coric served three aces and one double-fault. The Croat won 64 percent points on his first serve and 52 percent on his second. He managed to save four out of seven break points and struggled when he had the chance to break not converting any of three. He won a total of 45 percent points.