Competing in only his fifth ATP tournament, the 20-year-old Sebastian Korda is through to his first ATP final in Delray Beach. The young American defeated Cameron Norrie 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 21 minutes, losing serve twice and delivering four breaks to bring the victory home in straight sets.
Korda had better numbers behind both the first and second serve and stayed in front all the time, keeping his focus in the second set's closing stages to enter the title match. A left-hander got broken after a double fault in game four and pulled the break back in the next one after forcing Sebastian's error.
Korda had the upper hand in the rest of the set, producing two great holds in games seven and nine and securing it with the second break. The American broke at 15 at 4-3 and held at love a few minutes later to wrap up the opener in style.
Korda forged the advantage at 2-2 in set number two, and Cameron received a medical timeout on his right leg during the break. The youngster served for the victory at 5-4 and earned two match points, wasting them both and netting a forehand to suffer a break and keep the rival in contention.
It wasn't to be for Norrie, though, as he hit another double fault to lose serve in game 11, allowing Korda to seal the deal with a hold at 15 and remain on the title course.
Sebastian Korda and Hubert Hurkacz will play for the Delray Beach crown.
789 Christian Harrison failed to join Korda in the final following a 7-6, 6-4 loss to the 4th seed Hubert Hurkacz. After another reliable performance, the Pole will seek the second ATP title, suffering only one break and earning two breaks to forge the difference in the crucial moments, taking only six points more than Christian.
The American saved a break point in the second game with a service winner, and both players served well after that to reach a tie break. Hurkacz placed a volley winner to open a 4-2 gap and extended the gap when Harrison netted an easy forehand in the next point.
Returning at 6-4, Hubert hit a great return that Christian failed to control and gathered a boost ahead of set number two. Like in the opener, nothing could separate them in the first six games before Hurkacz grabbed a break that sent him 4-3 in front.
Ready to fight until the end, Christian broke back with a backhand slice winner and leveled the score at 4-4 for more drama. Spoiling his effort, the American hit a double fault to lose serve at love in game nine, creating his last chances in the next one.
Staying calm, Hubert fended off two break chances and won four straight points to bring the victory home and move closer to the title.