28.05.2021 - 22:23 Uhr
#NextGenATP American Sebastian Korda booked a spot into his second ATP Tour final with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over countryman Tommy Paul on Friday at the Emilia-Romagna Open. Korda, who leads the Americans on the ATP Tour with 15 wins this season, will face Italian wild card Marco Cecchinato in his career first clay-court final. He will be aiming to become the first American since Sam Querrey in 2010 Belgrade (d. Isner) to lift a trophy on European clay. “It’s going to be tough [playing an Italian in Italy], but it’s probably going to be super fun,” said the 20-year-old in an on-court interview. “[It will be] another new experience. My first ATP clay-court final. I’m super excited, and whatever happens tomorrow I will give it my all. Hopefully we can play a good match.”Korda has not dropped a set all week in Parma, and came out firing against his countryman and Davis Cup teammate. His deep returning kept Paul under pressure, and Korda created five break opportunities in the sixth seed’s first three service games. He finally broke through on his sixth opportunity at 4-3 to close out the opening set. The #NextGenATP American faced nine break points during the match, and saved eight. Paul broke to level the score in the second set at 1-1, but his opponent didn’t give him any other chances. Korda reeled off the last four games in a row from 2-3 to reestablish his lead, and seal his spot in the final.It will be Korda’s first meeting with wild card Cecchinato, who needed two hours and 40 minutes to overcome a stern test against Marbella finalist Jaume Munar. Cecchinato saved five of the nine break points he faced to take down the Spaniard 7-6(2), 1-6, 6-1.[WATCH LIVE 1]“It was a tough match. [There were] so many rallies. Every point [was] tough, every point [had] tension,” Cecchinato said. “After the first set I was down in the second set 6-1, but I was really happy because I started well in the third set.“The result is not ‘true’ because [the third set score] shows 6-1 but every point [was] tough. I’m very happy for this match.”Cecchinato is into his first final of the year, and the fifth of his career (3-1) in Parma. He will be aiming to become the fourth different Italian champion on the ATP Tour this season, joining Matteo Berrettini (Belgrade 1), Jannik Sinner (Melbourne 1) and Lorenzo Sonego (Cagliari).



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05.09.2021 - 04:15 Uhr

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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