Korda continues to progress with top spot in ATP final in Delray By Reuters

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(Reuters) – American Sebastian Korda, who made headlines by reaching the fourth round of the French Open in October, booked a spot in his first ATP Tour final after beating Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the Delray Beach Open semifinals. . Korda, the son of former world No. 2 and 1998 Australian Open champion Petr, made his Grand Slam debut at the US Open as a wild card last year. The 20-year-old was ranked 213 before Roland Garros but has risen to 119th place and is on his way to breaking the top 100 soon thanks to his exploits at the ATP 250 event in Florida, where he will face fourth seed Hubert Hurkacz. in the end. . “For me, the most important thing was increasing my consistency,” said Korda, whose sisters Nelly and Jessica play on the LPGA Tour, the elite women’s golf circuit. “Before I missed the balls that I do not miss now. So it is very big for me to play these games and feel my body, grow in my body and build myself. Both in tennis and physically.” His streak in Paris was ended by his idol Rafa Nadal and despite losing 6-1 6-1 6-2 to Spaniard Korda, he says it was a “great step in the right direction” for his career. Korda finished the 2020 season with his first ATP Challenger Tour title and spent two weeks training in Las Vegas with former world number one Andre Agassi. He said he was “having a lot of fun” with his family at the tournament. “If someone told me that I would be in the final of my first ATP event here at the beginning of the week, I would be delighted.” “I don’t see why I shouldn’t have a good smile on my face.”

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