Sebastian Korda presently occupies the sixty fifth place on the earth rankings, only a few steps away from his finest rating at quantity 62. In Belgrade and Monaco he misplaced instantly within the first spherical, whereas within the Masters 1000 Miami overtook Radu Albot, Fabio Fognini, Aslan Karatsev and Diego Schwartzman earlier than dropping within the quarter-finals to Andrei Rublev in two units.
Nonetheless very younger, Sebastian by no means hid his admiration for the Majorcan Rafael Nadal, holder of 20 Grand Slam races. Within the final version of Roland Garros in Paris, Sebastian – coming from the qualifiers – defeated Andreas Seppi, John Isner and Petro Martinez in the primary draw, earlier than clashing with Nadal.
The match ended with a troublesome rating of 6-1 6-1 6-2, however the younger American was delighted to face his best childhood idol. “I eat a whole lot of tennis,” confessed Sebastian in a brand new interview printed by the French web site We Love Tennis.
“I watch a few of them on tv just about on daily basis. And I’ve to confess that it provides me a whole lot of inspiration, particularly relating to Rafael Nadal. The best way he behaves on the pitch, his professionalism and his humility, all of this can by no means stop to be an actual inspiration to me.
I hope he’ll proceed to play tennis for a very long time to return, as a result of I want to have one other alternative to problem him.” Additionally current in the primary draw of the final Us Open as a wildcard, Korda instantly misplaced to twelfth seeded Denis Shapovalov, with a rating of 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-2.
It was solely the second look of the American in the primary draw of a Grand Slam occasion. Nadal will attempt to get to Roland Garros in Paris in the absolute best situation, he who has simply raised his twelfth trophy in Barcelona.
A Rafael Nadal’s document that Federer and Djokovic won’t ever break
After the conclusion of the Miami Open, the ATP calendar now turns to the standard season on European clay-courts: the primary milestone is the historic ATP Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, born in 1897.
In 2019, in what turned out to be the final version earlier than the Coronavirus pandemic, the trophy was lifted by Fabio Fognini in opposition to Dusan Lajovic within the closing, with the Italian who managed to defeat the Spanish Rafael Nadal, winner right here 11 occasions, an absolute document – within the penultimate match of the event.
Additionally this yr, the massive favourite for the swing on European red-clay can solely be Rafa, 13 occasions champion on the Roland Garros (the place he hasn’t misplaced since 2015, in 2016 he withdrawn – ed.). The Mallorcan’s final success within the Principality of Monaco dates again to 2018, when he defeated Kei Nishikori within the closing with a rating of 6-3 6-2.
35 years-old to go subsequent June, Nadal has performed just one event on this 2021: it’s the Australian Open in Melbourne, the place he misplaced within the quarter-finals to Stefanos Tsitsipas after being two units to zero. At the moment at quantity 3 within the ATP world rankings, Rafa holds a very unbeatable document: he’s the participant to have conquered the most important variety of occasions on the clay Tour, as many as 60.
Among the many gamers nonetheless energetic, in second place – however at a distance nothing wanting enormous, the Serbian world no.1 Novak Djokovic, stopped at 15. On the third step listed here are Roger Federer and Tommy Robredo, at 11. It’s an unimaginable determine that of Rafa, who on this rating additionally dominates different previous champions who’re not in enterprise: Guillermo Vilas (49), Thomas Muster ( 40), Bjorn Borg and Manuel Orantes (30), Ivan Lendl (28), Ilie Nastase (27), José Luis Clerc (21), Mats Wilander (20), Andrés Gomez and Carlos Moya (16).
Contemplating that Nadal has received a complete of 86 profession titles, we will say that round 70% of those have been received on clay. As for the Russian Daniil Medvedev, the Muscovite has but to win a match in Paris.