Rising American star Sebastian Korda reveals his dad Petr is his "secret weapon" as he admits that having someone with so much tennis knowledge helps him a lot. Korda, 21, has drawn lots of positive attention to his name this year and some believe he could maybe one day become a Grand Slam champion or a future No.
1. Korda captured his maiden ATP title in Parma this year, as well as achieved a career-high ranking of No. 38 in the world. In 1998, Petr won the Australian Open and climbed up to No. 2 in the world. “My dad is a secret weapon in a way.
He has been around the Tour a super long time. He has made it to the top, won a Grand Slam, and coached someone who has made it to the Top 10, so he knows what to do. The tough decisions he makes look easy sometimes, so I am super grateful to have him in my corner," Korda said, as quoted on Tennis Up To Date.
Korda set for the Next Gen ATP Finals
Korda is set to make his debut at this week's Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. Korda was placed in Group B with Hugo Gaston, Lorenzo Musetti and Sebastian Baz. “There are a lot of good players coming up right now.
You have to be so mentally focused throughout the whole match. One point, one game, you could lose the match easily. You have to grind for every point and figure things out," Korda explained. Last week, Korda made the Paris Masters round-of-16 before falling short to Daniil Medvedev.
Medvedev recovered from a set down to beat Korda 4-6 6-1 6-2. "It was a tough first set where I felt that I had the margin but I didn't manage to break him [from 0/40 at 3-2] and he turned it around against me," Medvedev said after the match.
"But I was really happy that I stayed calm and kept my level and that was enough to win today."