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Sebastian Korda reaches his first Masters 1000 quarter final in Miami

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Sebastian Korda reached his first ATP Masters 1000 quarter final after his 6-3 4-6 7-5 win over last year’s Rome Internazionali d’Italia finalist Diego Schwartzman at the Miami Open. Korda scored the first top 10 win of his career. 

 

Korda will play in his second career ATP Tour quarter final and his second in his home state in Florida after reaching the final in Delray Beach last January. 

Korda went up a 3-0 lead with an early break in the first game and served out the first set 6-3. Schwartzman broke in the fourth game of the second set to take a 3-1 lead. Korda broke back in the seventh game, but Schwartzman earned his second break in the 10th game to win the second set 6-4 sending the match into a third set. 

Korda earned an early break to 15 in the first game of the decider, but Schwartzman saved a set point on serve to hold for 3-5 before breaking serve to draw level to 5-5. Korda earned another break in the 11th game before sealing the third set 7-5 on his first match point with his 21st forehand winner after 2 hours and 36 minutes. 

“He made it tough. In that first set I served super hot, but he did not serve that well. He then picked it up and he was just fighting and he was playing some really good tennis after that. The third set was just a battle. I played an incredible match today. I think mentally I was great out there, I stayed calm. Even when in the tight situations I believed in myself and I went for it. I am super proud of that. I have a lot of joy inside. All the hard work that I have done with my team is paying off”, said Korda. 

Korda equals his father Petr Korda, who reached the quarter final in 1994 and 1996 and is one win away from equalling Petr’s best result at this tournament in 1993, when he lost the semifinal against Pete Sampras. 

Sebastian Korda earned his first career top 20 win earlier in this tournament when he beat Fabio Fognini. 

Schwartzman praised Korda and compared him to Tomas Berdych. 

“I see many things similar to Tomas Berdych when he is playing. I played against Tomas. I felt the same today on court. He is hitting really hard the ball. He has very good timing, good serve, good movements. He looks like he is playing in ATP Tour since many years ago. He has a lot of confidence right now. I think it’s going to increase his ranking for sure this year”, said Schwartzman. 

Korda will face a very tough match against Andrey Rublev, who beat Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4 in 82 minutes to reach his second Masters 1000 quarter final. Rublev has extended his seasonal record to 19 wins to just 3 defeats this year. Rublev joins his compatriot Danil Medvedev in the quarter finals. Rublev earned his first break in the first game to take a 3-2 lead and held on his next service games to win the first set 6-4 after 41 minutes. Rublev went down 0-30 on serve at 1-2 in the second set, but he won four consecutive points to hold serve with a running forehand pass. The Russian player earned a break to take a 3-2 lead and never looked back to claim the second set 6-4. Rublev just hit 16 unforced errors to Cilic’s 29. 

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Botic Van de Zandschulp beats Joao Sousa to reach the second round in Tel Aviv

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Botic Van de Zandschulp cruised past Joao Sousa 6-2 6-3 to reach the second round at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. Van de Zandschulp won 83% of his first serve points and hit 28 winners to Sousa’s six. 

 

The Dutchman will face Liam Broady, who Serbian wild-card Hamad Medjedovic 7-5 6-3. 

Tomas Martin Etchevery edged past 2021 Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev 6-2 6-7 (0-7) 6-4  scoring the biggest win of his career. 

Arthur Rinderknech came back from one set down to beat Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3. Rinderknech set up a second round against third seed Diego Schwartzman. 

Emil Ruusuvuori broke serve five times in his 6-3 6-2 win over J.J Wolf. 

Sebastian Korda beat Turkish qualifier Cem Ilkel 6-4 6-4 setting up a second round match against Maxime Cressy. Novak Djokovic is the top seed of the Tel Aviv tournament, which returns for the first time since 2021.

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Holger Rune reaches the second round at the Sofia Open

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Danish Next Gen rising star Holger Rune edged past Tim Van Rijthoven 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (8-6) to reach the second round at the Sofia Open in his first appearance at this tournament. 

 

Both players went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Rune earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. 

The second set started with a trade of breaks in the first two games. There was little to separate both players in the next games, which went on serve en route to the tie-break. Rune saved a set point at 5-6 in the tie-break of the second set and won the final three points to close out the second set 8-6. 

Rune won his first title in Munich and reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter final at Roland Garros. 

 “I did not want to go to three sets. I had the break and led 5-2 in the second set tie-break. If it had happened, I was going to fight for sure and try to take it in three, but I am very happy to win in two. I am really working hard every day and trying to improve any small things I can. I think today I stayed very focused all the time. I lost my focus one time on serve, when maybe I should not have been broken, but other than that I am very happy with my first match. The first match is always a  bit difficult”, said Rune. 

Australia’s Alexander Vukic beat Fabio Fognini 7-6 (13-11) 7-5 after 1 hour and 11 minutes. Vukic broke serve in the fifth game to take a 4-2 lead. Fognini converted his fourth break-back point to draw level to 4-4 before saving a break point at 5-5. Fognini went up a 6-3 lead, but he wasted six set points in the tie-break. Vukic closed out the tie-break 13-11 on his third set point. 

Fognini earned a break to take a 2-1 lead. Vukic broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2 in the fourth game. Fognini lost four consecutive points from 4-5 30-0. Vukic earned the decisive break on his first match point to seal the second set 7-5. 

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Dominic Thiem battles past Laslo Djere in three sets in Tel Aviv

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Dominic Thiem came back from one set down to beat Laslo Djere 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 in 2 hours and 40 minutes reaching the second round at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. 

 

Djere broke serve in the third game to take a 3-1 lead. Thiem broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Djere earned his second break in the 11th game to close out the first set 7-5. 

Thiem broke serve at deuce in the sixth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Djere broke back in the seventh game to draw level to 4-4. Djere earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3. 

Thiem did not face a break point in the third set and converted his fourth break point in the third game to seal the third set 6-4. 

“I did not get off to a great start. I got the break in the second set and I was a bit lucky I could turn the match around. The third set was a real grind. I am vert grateful to everyone who came tonight. It is really nice to play in Israel”, said Thiem.  Roman Safiulin came back from one set down to beat Hugo Grenier 3-6 6-4 6-2 in 2 hours and 4 minutes. Safiulin earned his first ATP Tour win since he beat Mikael Ymer in Belgrade last April.

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