By Daniel Perissé
Young American Sebastian Korda carries on his dream run in his debut at the Miami Open presented by Itaú by reaching the Men’s Singles fourth round after a convincing 6-0, 6-3 win over Russian Aslan Karatsev this Monday, March 29th.
He had five service breaks during the 67-minute match against Karatsev, the No. 17 seed and winner in Dubai this year. Before today’s match, Korda defeated No. 10 seed Fabio Fognini in a three-setter, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
The 20-year-old from Bradenton now has a record of 7-1 in singles playing in his home state Florida this season: before playing at Hard Rock Stadium, he reached his first ATP-level tournament final at the Delray Beach Open, in early January.
“There is a lot of support here. A couple of my friends came out and both my parents are here. It’s been cool and it’s been super special, for sure. I think I’m just so used to the Florida heat and the humidity, and some guys aren’t used to it. I mean, it’s not easy, not something easy to get used to. I kind of adapt really well to it.”
Maybe that statement explains why Korda is also having a great performance in doubles. Partnering with American Michael Mmoh, he reached the quarterfinals after beating the German duo of Alexander Zverev and Tim Puetz.
The son of former World No. 2 Petr Korda will be back on court tomorrow, facing Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman for a spot in the Singles quarterfinals. The Argentinian defeated France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 6-4.
“He’s an incredible player. He’s having a really good year so far. I think he won a title a couple of weeks ago, and he’s top 10 in the world. It’s going to be another cool and fun experience for me. Hopefully I can play some really good tennis and kind of just have fun out there”, said the 20-year-old with a smile.