Rising American star Sebastian Korda admitted he was very tired after his Australian Open second round clash but also very happy after surviving a thriller match. Korda, 21, edged out fellow rising star Corentin Moutet 3-6 6-4 6-7 (2) 7-5 7-6 (6) to reach the Australian Open third round.
"I am as happy as I am tired. The truth is that it was a tough match, full of ups and downs and I had to deal with cramps in the final stretch. Luckily, I found a way to win and I am very excited to continue," Korda said, per Punto de Break.
Korda will be fighting against Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the Australian Open round-of-16. Korda has nothing but great respect for Carreno Busta. "I have never played against him, but I think he is an incredible tennis player, a very tough opponent.
It will be a great challenge for me to face him and I am really looking forward to the match," Korda said of facing Carreno Busta.
Korda survived the Moutet challenge
Korda made a slow start to the match, losing his serve three times in the first set.
After easily losing the first set, Korda claimed his first break of the match in the fifth game and served out for the set in the 10th game. Korda blew an early third set break as Moutet forced a tie-break, in which he realized his first set point to to go up by two sets to one.
Moutet earned the first break of the fourth set in the ninth game but failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game. After falling 5-4 down in the fourth set, Korda responded with back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and force a decider.
Korda blew two match points in the 12th game of the fifth set but realized his fourth match point in the tie-break to complete a comeback win over Moutet. Korda is having his first appearance at Melbourne Park.