Rising American star Sebastian Korda was "super happy" with the way he performed against former world No. 8 John Isner in the Delray Beach Open quarterfinal. Korda, ranked at No. 119 in the world, defeated Isner in three sets 6-3 4-6 6-3 to progress into his maiden ATP semifinal.
"I was super happy with how I played that whole game. I mean, he played an incredible first three points. The way he played those, I was like, 'Too good.' I couldn't really do anything. He came to the net, he played big balls, he played a super good three points," Korda said, per the ATP website.
"I just stuck with it, I got a little bit more aggressive. At the end, there was a lot of stress in that last game, so I kind of let it go [with the roar]." Korda's father, Petr, was a former world No. 2 but he never made a quarterfinal in Delray Beach.
"No, because he's then just going to counter that and say, 'I've got a Grand Slam,'" Korda joked, when asked if he would remind his dad of his past results in Delray Beach. "My dad is not anything like that.
He's all for me. As long as I'm happy, he's happy."
Isner praised Korda
"He's a good player. I think tonight in particular he was just a little bit better than I was. It was sort of an uphill battle for me out there," Isner said.
"I wasn't maybe feeling that great out there, but I competed hard and I fought hard, but he came up with the goods." After losing the second set, Korda didn't panic and instead fully focused on how to win the third set.
"Whenever i'm on court my head is pretty clear and I'm a super positive guy on court, so I'm always in the moment and always super positive. There are very few times you'll see any emotion come out of me that's negative," Korda said.
"I worked a lot on that during this break and it's paying off right now." In the last quarterfinal match of the day in Delray Beach, Great Britain's Cameron Norrie defeated home favorite Frances Tiafoe 6-0 3-6 6-4.
"Credit to Frances. He fought real hard and I managed to get a little bit lucky in the third set there with a couple netcords and a couple close calls," Norrie said on court. "I started the match great and then he came back firing straight away in the second set and then I just managed to hold onto my serve and tough out those games. Then he played a little bit tentative towards the end. Real fortunate to get through."