American Rising Star Sebastian Korda reached his first ATP quarter-final at Delray Beach Open 2021. The 20-years-old defeated his countryman Tommy Paul in the previous round match after two hours and eight minutes marathon rally on Saturday.
World No.119 Sebastian Korda is a son of former Czech tennis players Petr Korda, 1998 Australian Open champion and 1992 French Open finalist and Regina Rajchrtova, former WTA No.26. And nextgen’s older sisters Jessica and Nellyare both LPGA golf professionals.
“It’s special (to make the first quarter-finals). The last time I played here, I won the [Boys] 18s Clay Courts, so I have some good memories from here. It’s a special place and the crowd,” Korda said in a post-match interview.
“Consistency and Constantly Applying The Pressure Was Super Big For Me”, says Sebastian Korda
World No.52 Tommy Paul made a good beginning and claimed the first set 4-6, but Korda hunted the last two sets 6-3, 6-2. Sebastian also saved nine of 11 break points he faced and converted five of his six breakpoints and fired three aces.
Korda continued, “Just the consistency and constantly applying the pressure was super big for me. I returned well, especially in the second and third sets. I started serving a lot better, so those were probably the biggest things for me: always staying aggressive and picking at his serve a lot.”
In the next encounter for a Semi-Final place, Sebastian Korda will lock horns with former World No.8 and current American No.1 John Isner, one of the best servers in the ATP Tour.
It will be the rematch of their second-round clash of the last year French Open, Where the qualifier Sebastian Korda overcame 21st seeded John Isner after a set down(6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4).