Sebastian Korda backtracks on his 'Wimbledon favorite' claim

Korda declared himself a Wimbledon favorite after beating Frances Tiafoe in Queen's.

by Dzevad Mesic
Sebastian Korda backtracks on his 'Wimbledon favorite' claim

Sebastian Korda says he was probably still "hyped up" after one of his wins when he declared himself a Wimbledon favorite. This past week, Korda kicked off his grass season at the Queen's Club. After beating Dan Evans in straight sets, Korda also ousted world No 10 Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (2) 6-3.

Following his win over Tiafoe, Korda said: "I'm very confident in myself on a grass court. I move really well, I definitely have a game that not very many people have. I'm an aggressive player, like to come to the net, I have good hands.

I definitely feel as if I'm one of the favorites at Wimbledon."

Korda loses in Queen's, explains why he declared himself a Wimbledon favorite

On Saturday, Korda's Queen's run came to an end in the semifinal after Carlos Alcaraz handed him a 6-3 6-4 loss.

Afterward, Korda was asked about his previous Wimbledon comment. “No. I don't know where that came from really. I'm pretty kind of just laid back (smiling). I don't know what I was probably thinking. Just kind of hyped up on the match that I played," Korda said.

Against Alcaraz, Korda actually got off to a promising start as he broke the Spaniard in the first game of the match. But Korda's lead was very short-lived as the American got broken back in the second game. Korda then saved two break points in the fourth game but also missed out on three break points in the fifth game.

In the sixth game, Korda saved two more break points. But Alcaraz kept pressuring Korda and managed to break the American again in the eighth game for a 5-3 lead before serving out for the opener in the following game. After losing the first set, Korda also found himself down by an early break in the second set after Alcaraz broke him in the third game. Down by a set and a break, there was no coming back for Korda as Alcaraz routinely closed out the match.

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