29.05.2021 - 17:25 Uhr
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#NextGenATP Sebastian Korda capped off a great week at the Emilia-Romagna Open with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over home favourite Marco Cecchinato on Saturday to win his first ATP Tour trophy. The 20-year-old had never won back-to-back main draw matches on clay before arriving in Parma. But Korda quickly found his footing on his favourite surface with wins over Andreas Seppi, top seed Lorenzo Sonego, eighth seed Yoshihito Nishioka and countryman Tommy Paul without dropping a set.Contesting the second ATP Tour final of his career – and his first on clay courts – Korda showed no signs of nerves against Cecchinato. He faced only one break point in the match, coming late in the second set as the Italian rallied his home crowd, but he responded with confident first serves to see off the challenge.Korda won 82 per cent of points behind his first serve (31/38) across one hour and 15 minutes against the Italian. He converted three of the six break opportunities he created, including the decisive break at 5-4 on Cecchinato’s serve to clinch the title.With the victory, Korda became the first American since Sam Querrey in 2010 Belgrade (d. Isner) to lift a trophy on European clay.The son of former World No. 2 Petr Korda, Sebastian’s win also makes the Kordas the third father-son duo to win tour-level singles titles in the Open Era. They join Ramanathan Krishnan and Ramesh Krishnan, and Phil Dent and Taylor Dent on the short list.
  

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05.09.2021 - 04:15 Uhr
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Reilly Opelka has spent much of the summer embracing an identity as a 'Serve Bot' in self-deprecating banter with fellow American John Isner. After charging into the US Open fourth round Saturday night, the 6' 11" Florida resident is in need of some new shtick. Yes, the 24-year-old thundered an obligatory 20+ aces, but he raised eyebrows with five breaks of serve against Nikoloz Basilashvili in a 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-4 win. Opelka played his brand of 'Big Man' tennis, clubbing 52 winners, including 21 aces. He took big cuts on service returns and won 12 points at net. Opelka, who joins countrymen Frances Tiafoe and Jenson Brooksby in the round of 16, will next play Lloyd Harris. No. 22 seed @ReillyOpelka has not lost a set en route to 1st Grand Slam 4R at #USOpen.Opelka, @FTiafoe and Jenson Brooksby are 1st trio of American men in Grand Slam 4R since 2011 @USOpen.Ten years ago, @MardyFish, @JohnIsner, @AndyRoddick and @Yimlife1313 reached US Open 4R.— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) September 5, 2021The South African extended Denis Shapovalov's summer of discontent at the US Open Saturday night when he upset the Canadian for the second time this year to reach the second week of a major for the first time in his career. The 24-year-old South African broke serve five times and hit 26 winners to oust the seventh seed 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 11 minutes. After back-to-back semi-finals on grass at Queen's and Wimbledon, Shapovalov had suffered three consecutive opening-round losses before finding form at Flushing Meadows. The Bahamas resident seemed to have turned around his form with two straight-sets wins heading into his third-round meeting with Harris, but 40 unforced errors proved his undoing.  moving Lloyd Harris stuns No. 7 Denis Shapovalov in straight sets. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/l7HMDex23K— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 5, 2021Harris, who also beat Shapovalov earlier in the year in Dubai, said, "The fourth round is obviously a major accomplishment for me, it's my first one ever, and I'm looking forward to the next one. I can't wait to be back. Everything has been coming together this season. I feel confident in my game and I want to keep the momentum going." Harris, who is at a career-high No. 46 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, made just 23 unforced errors as he improved to 23-17 on the year.

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