(Delray Beach) American Sebastian Korda advanced to his first ATP Tour final on Tuesday night with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the Delray Beach tennis.
In Wednesday’s final match, Korda will face fourth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz from Poland. Hurkacz defeated qualifier Christian Harrison of the United States, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Korda, who is 20, showed up to the tournament at 119e rank of the world ranking. In his first appearance in a quarterfinal match on Monday, Korda defeated second seeded compatriot John Isner.
Korda is a former world number one among juniors. His father, Petr Korda, won the Australian Open in 1998 but never made it through the second round in his two appearances at Delray Beach.
In September, Korda won his first three career matches on the professional circuit, which saw him earn a place in the round of 16 at the French Open.
“The most important thing for me was to improve my consistency. I used to miss balls that I don’t miss now. It’s very important for me to play these games, feel my body and learn to tame it, ”said the six-foot, five-inch Floridian.
Against Norrie, Korda let two match points slip away while serving and leading 5-4. He lost this game but responded with a break before closing the duel by easily winning his serve.
For his part, Hurkacz will participate in a second career final. In 2019, he triumphed at Winston-Salem to become the second Pole to win a tournament on the ATP circuit since the birth of the era of professional tennis in 1968.
Hurkacz holds the 35e Ranking in the world rankings and his success at Delray Beach means he could be one of the top seeds in the men’s singles at the Australian Open, which begins on February 8.
“It’s a step forward, there is no doubt, and I want to play better and better,” said Hurkacz.
“It’s a wonderful start to the year. ”