New York: Croat teenager Borna Coric, one year removed from his US Open junior title, made a victorious return to Flushing Meadows on Tuesday with a win in the first Grand Slam match of his career.
The 17-year-old Croatian, who came through qualifying to earn his main draw spot, was a convincing 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 winner over 29th-seeded Czech Lukas Rosol — who claimed his second career ATP title at Winston-Salem last week.
"It's an amazing feeling," said Coric (World No 204), who arrived in New York with the goal of making it into the main draw.
"I said to myself, 'If I achieve that, that's going to be perfect.' Now, actually winning a guy who is top 30, it's just unbelievable."
The upset put Coric into a Round 2 clash with history-making Victor Estrella Burgos, Dominican Republic's first Grand Slam participant who is making his US Open debut at 34.