Again in motion for the primary time since his third-round Australian Open run, World No. 43 Sebastian Korda acquired again to successful methods on Tuesday on the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. In his native Florida, the 21-year-old eased previous Thanasi Kokkinakis, 6-4, 6-1.
It was additionally Kokkinakis’ first match for the reason that Australian swing, throughout which he gained his maiden ATP Tour singles title (Adelaide 2) and his first Grand Slam title alongside Nick Kyrgios within the Australian Open doubles occasion.
On a windy evening, the fifth-seeded American was crisp in his return as he showcased his versatile recreation. Along with a largely attacking recreation plan, he pissed off his opponent with some pesky retrieving because the breeze made winners onerous to return by.
“I’m a Florida boy, so I’m used to this wind,” the Bradenton-born Korda mentioned, earlier than thanking the gang.
Korda gained precisely half of his return factors within the match (26/52) as Kokkinakis made simply 52 per cent of his first serves. However even when the Aussie made his first supply, he gained solely 59 per cent of these factors, in comparison with a wholesome season common of 79 per cent.
The American was snug all through, beginning with an early 3-0 lead and responding effectively after Kokkinakis levelled the opener at 4-all. Korda once more secured an early break to guide 3-0 within the second, and by no means let his opponent again within the match. He dropped simply three factors on 4 service video games within the second set.
He subsequent faces Italy’s Andreas Seppi, a 7-5, 6-4 winner of Peter Gojowczyk on Monday.
“We’ve performed quite a bit within the final couple of years. I’ve a fairly good file towards him,” mentioned Korda, who beat Seppi at Roland Garros in 2020 and in Parma in 2021. Their second-round assembly shall be their first on a tough courtroom.
“Hopefully I can play some good tennis, and rather less wind,” Korda mentioned.
Adrian Mannarino was the one different seeded participant in motion Tuesday, and he lived as much as that billing with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Liam Broady. The seventh seed will subsequent face American Brandon Nakashima, who acquired previous Denis Kudla, 6-1, 6-1, on Monday.
Three different People joined Korda within the winners ciricle, with Jack Sock nonetheless to face Daniel Altmaier in Tuesday’s nightcap. Stefan Kozlov gained the one three-setter of the day, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, over fortunate loser Emilio Gomez. Kozlov was set to face sixth seed Jenson Brooksby, however the Dallas Open finalist was changed by Gomez after a late withdrawal.
Dallas semi-finalist Marcos Giron defeated compatriot Tennys Sandgren, 7-5, 6-3, whereas Mitchell Krueger was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Jordan Thompson. Sam Querrey couldn’t be a part of his compatriots within the second spherical after a 6-1, 7-6(5) defeat to Denis Istomin.