Sebastian Korda reacts to settting up Rafael Nadal clash in Indian Wells

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Sebastian Korda reacts to settting up Rafael Nadal clash in Indian Wells

Rising American star Sebastian Korda made a positive start to his Indian Wells Masters campaign as he saw off Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis to set up a Rafael Nadal clash. Korda, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.

38 in the world, handed a 6-3 6-4 loss to Kokkinakis in his opener in the desert. It was the second meeting between the two and a second win for Korda over Kokkinakis. Last month, Korda defeated Kokkinakis at the Delray Beach Open.

“It was a great win," Korda said after the match. "I think in all my years of playing here at Indian Wells, since I was 12 years old, I’ve never played at night. So it was a new experience for me, I’m super happy with the way I played and just a great match overall.

“I just stuck with the tactics that I brought into Delray, and they worked really well tonight”.

Korda routinely handled Kokkinakis

Korda claimed the first break of the match after breaking Kokkinakis in the second game to take a 2-0 lead.

It didn't take long for Kokkinakis to get the break back as he broke back Korda in the third game to reduce the deficit to 2-1. Getting broken back didn't impact Korda, who broke Kokkinakis again in the fourth game.

Korda got broken back in the seventh game but broke Kokkinakis for the third time in the eighth game and served out for the opener in the following game. After a set that featured five breaks, the two players started serving much better in the second set.

Korda earned the first break points of the second set in the ninth game and realized his first break point of the game to take a 5-4 lead. Kokkinakis had a chance to get back into the set but he missed out two consecutive break points in the 10th game as Korda realized his first match point to progress into the second round.