Following two hours and 35 minutes marathon run against World No.9 Argentine, the NextGen from Bradenton registered his first-ever top 10 victory at the Hard Rock Stadium.
“He(Schwartzman) made it tough. In that first set, I served super hot, but he didn’t serve that well. But then he picked it up, and he was just fighting, and he was playing some really good tennis after that, and then the third set was just a battle,” Korda said after the match.
Korda’s first Top 20 victory came last week when he defeated World No.17 Fabio Fognini after dropping the first set(1-6, 6-4, 6-2).
After then, he became the first player outside the Top Five this year to beat Aslan Karatsev, who reached his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open and won a first-ever tour-level title at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships.
“My Lord This Kid Is Good”: Mardy Fish
However, the United States former tennis professionals have reacted to their countryman’s remarkable achievement.
The former World No.1 and four-time Grand Slam champion Jim courier said of Korda, “What a talent he is. He kept his cool when experienced players would have crumbled.”
A hardcourt specialist and the former World No.7 Mardy Fish expressed, “Sebi Korda. My lord, this kid is good.”
World No.87 Sebastian Korda will face No.4 seed Andrey Rublev for a semifinal spot.
Who Is Sebastian Korda And His Parents
The 20-year-old prodigy is the son of the Czech Republic former tennis stars Petr Korda, who won the 1998 Australian Open and ranked as No. 2 in the world that same year and Regina Rajchrtova, who was ranked No.26 in the WTA ranking. And his sisters Jessica and Nelly both are golf(LPGA Tour) professionals.
Korda continued, “Yeah, it’s super special; both my parents are here. They’re supposed to fly today to Palm Springs to watch my two sisters (play golf). They have their first major of the year in Palm Springs, so hopefully, they can keep staying here and keep going.”
Notably, tennis legend Andre Agassi, the eight-time Grand Slam champion, is now mentoring Sebastian Korda.