At the Citi Open, and ATP 500 Hard Court Event in Washington, DC, 21-year-old American newcomer Sebastian Korda defeated 31-year-old Canadian veteran Vasek Pospisil in even sets with a score of 7th-5, 6th-4.
That 12thThird placed Korda, who has a smooth all-court game, served particularly well and hit ten aces with only one double fault.
Known for his big serve, Pospisil only served four aces. He had two double faults. This was mainly due to the excellent return from Korda.
Pospisil served well and his serve has often saved him. Korda could only read it well enough to at least get a bat on it or get the ball into play to stand a chance in the rallies.
In the first set they stayed up to serve 5-all when Korda started his second leg with a devastating cross-court forehand winner. Korda made a breakpoint with an incredible backhand pass, and on the next point Pospisil netted a forehand and lost his serve. Korda then served the set and won with an irrevocable serve in the T.
In the second set, Korda failed in the first game. Then he held onto love. The Canadian held up serve in love 1-2. But then Korda held onto love 3-1, takes all the momentum. They both held their serve until the end when Korda, firing an amazing ace into the T, held on to love the match.
Korda, who finished a fourth round at Wimbledon, said in his post-game press conference: “I’ve had a really good year so far. Sometimes you don’t even notice how great a year was. I was rated a year ago 220 in the world now i’m at the top 50 fight for tournaments.
“The process was sped up super fast. Sometimes you don’t even notice how good you are.
“I only noticed that after Wimbledon. I kind of sat down and just thought about how it went over the year. Yes, just super happy with how everything is going. I pocket the work. I’m super grateful to be out here every day. “
Commenting on his goals, Korda said: “At the beginning of the year, my goal was to end the year as the front runner 50.
“I’m almost there to end it. But yes, I would like to finish now, great 30th with how everything is going right now. To keep having fun, keep learning. I have never played one of these tournaments before. It’s all new, other things to me. “
Korda has trained with superstar and top seed Rafael Nadal, who is making his debut at the Citi Open. Korda said of this experience: “Yes, I think my agent always says that the practice with Rafa is a completely different level. The intensity that he brings with him from the start cannot really be matched by any other player. He’s really special at that.
“He always has a goal in everything he does. He always talks to his coach, trying to find out what works on the pitch and what doesn’t work on the pitch.
“Yes, I took a lot of it with me. I asked a couple of questions. Yes, he was great to me. “
(AP Photo / Nick Wass)