Roger Federer progressed through to the last 16 after a straight sets win over Joao Sousa in the last round earlier on Thursday.
He is having to play two matches in one day after torrential rain on Wednesday.
The Italian Open is Federer’s second clay court tournament of the season with the Swiss star playing on the surface for the first time in three seasons.
And the 20-time Grand Slam winner believes his earlier match may give him an advantage over Coric.
“I think it gives me some good information and I believe it is going to be similar conditions this afternoon,” Federer said.
“The interesting thing is I played today, is that an advantage? Is it a disadvantage?
“Borna is tough. I lost a couple of times to him last year.
ROGER FEDERER vs BORNA CORIC LIVE UPDATES
“Regardless of the surface I know it is going to be tough.”
Coric was last in action Tuesday an here is how you can watch him face Federer.
Roger Federer vs Borna Coric LIVE stream
Coverage of Roger Federer’s match against Borna Coric is being broadcast on Amazon Prime Video.
This year, Prime Video will broadcast on-site, live studio coverage across tournaments, including at the BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells, the Fever Tree Championships from The Queens Club, the US Open, and the Nitto ATP Finals from The O2.
On-site field reporters will bring customers the latest action, analysis and commentary right from the court side at many tournaments.
In addition to 37 ATP Tour events and the US Open available exclusively on Prime Video with a Prime membership, Prime members in the UK who subscribe to Eurosport Player through Prime Video Channels for an additional £6.99 per month (following a 7-day free trial) will also benefit from full coverage of the French Open, and daily highlights and live coverage from the men’s and women’s finals of Wimbledon in 2019.