On the Australian Open, on the ocean-blue courtroom of Rod Laver Area, 22-year-old American Sebastian Korda received the largest win of his profession, outplaying former world No. 1 and seventh-seeded Daniil Medvedev, 7-6(7), 6-3, 7-6(4), to achieve the Spherical of 16.
“It was an unbelievable match,” mentioned Korda in his on-court interview. “I form of knew what I needed to do. I caught with it even after I was going up and down with the feelings, however I’m thrilled proper now. I performed superb, and it was an unbelievable match from me.”
Korda gained the Australian Open juniors in 2018. His father, Petr Korda, gained the title right here in 1998. His mom, Regina Rajchrtova, additionally performed skilled tennis and reached a career-high of No. 26, whereas his sisters, Nelly and Jessica, are skilled golfers on the LPGA Tour, who reached No. 1 and No. 13, respectively.
“I really like enjoying in Australia,” Korda mentioned. “My household loves enjoying in Australia.”
Sebastian or “Sebi” is six foot 5 and glides across the courtroom. Whether or not he wins or loses a degree, his demeanor hardly adjustments. He might give a refined fist pump in celebration or softly shut his eyes in disappointment.
He has straightforward energy, with timing so exact that it appears just like the ball shoots off his racquet effortlessly.
He has an enormous serve, so good in its approach that it’s solely going to get higher. He has a robust forehand. He already has among the finest two-handed backhands within the sport. He closes nicely on the web. He can feather a dropshot.
In his match towards Medvedev, Korda broke within the lengthy opening sport and remained a risk in return video games, changing 5 of ten break factors. Within the tiebreaks, he stayed calm and composed, sealing the victory with obvious ease.
Most spectacular had been the younger American’s ways. He didn’t give Medvedev any rally rhythm.
He hit gentle slice backhands, quick crosscourt, after which would pace up with a drive backhand down the road to shock Medvedev.
On the forehand, when he received in bother, he lifted the ball greater down the road, so Medvedev had a tougher time to assault it. He didn’t go punch to punch with him.
Generally he threw in a serve-and-volley, at all times conserving the Russian guessing.
The technique of Korda disrupted the sport of Medvedev.
Korda was the extra aggressive of the 2 gamers, hitting 49 winners and 50 unforced errors to Medvedev’s 20 winners and 25 unforced errors.
Medvedev returned thus far again that he was troublesome to ace. Korda, although, served three aces and 5 double faults. Medvedev served 9 aces and three double faults.
Together with his two-hour, 59-minute win, his first time to defeat a High Ten participant at a Grand Slam, Korda rises to No. 28 within the ATP Reside Rankings.
Subsequent up for Korda is tenth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz.