ATP Parma: Sebastian Korda secures first ATP title at 20 in style



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ATP Parma: Sebastian Korda secures first ATP title at 20 in style

Competing in his 12th ATP tournament, the 20-year-old Sebastian Korda claimed the first ATP title in Parma, beating all five rivals in straight sets for his career-best result. In the final, Korda toppled Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 15 minutes, fending off the only break points he faced and delivering three breaks that carried him over the top.

Thus, Korda became the first American with an ATP title on the European clay since Sam Querrey in Belgrade 2010, confirming his abilities on the slowest surface after playing in the Roland Garros fourth round last year. Seeking the fourth ATP title, Cecchinato couldn't do much behind the rival's first serve, failing to follow that pace and finishing with the runner-up prize at the home event.

Sebastian got his name on the scoreboard with a service winner in the opening game before Marco repeated that in the next one for 1-1. The youngster held after deuce in the third game and grabbed a break a few minutes later when the Italian netted a backhand.

Sebastian Korda secured the first ATP title in Parma without losing a set.

Staying aggressive, Sebastian held with a volley winner in the fifth game to confirm the lead and stayed in front with another solid service game at 4-2.

Returning in game eight, the American cracked a backhand return winner to secure another break and claim the set 6-2, hoping for more of the same in the second. Korda claimed the second set's opening game after deuce before Cecchinato held at 15 for 1-1.

Sebastian brought the third game home with a smash winner at the net and wasted a break chance in the next one that could have sent him in front. The youngster held at 15 in the fifth game, and Marco produced another notable hold for 3-3.

Defending his backhand nicely and not hesitating to move to the net, Korda grabbed the seventh game with a volley winner to keep the pressure on the other side. Ready to fight, Marco held at love to lock the result at 4-4, giving his best to clinch the set and force a decider.

The Italian created the first and only break chance in the ninth game, constructing the point nicely but spraying a volley mistake at the net and allowing Korda to bring it home with a service winner for 5-4 and massive momentum.

Returning in game ten, Sebastian painted a backhand down the line return winner to grab a break and cross the finish line, celebrating the first ATP crown at a young age.