Rising American star Sebastian Korda couldn't hide his happiness and excitement after reaching his first round-of-16 at Wimbledon. Korda, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 50 in the world, beat home favorite Dan Evans 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 to reach his first second week at a Grand Slam.
“I just stayed calm in the biggest moments as much as I could," said Korda. "I tried to stay relaxed and keep playing attacking tennis, that’s what I do. I’m really proud of myself for that today. “[It's] a big achievement.
A year ago, I was 220 in the world and I’m here in the fourth round at Wimbledon. It’s incredible. I have my family to thank, my coaches and everybody around me”.
Korda showed great mental strength
Korda earned the first breka of the match in the eighth game and served out for the opener in the following game.
After losing the first set, Evans broke Korda sixth game and held on to his serve to level the match at one set apiece. Korda broke Evans in the sixth game of the third set but got broken back immediately in the following game.
However, Korda kept his focus as he broke Evans again in the eighth game and served out for the third set in the following game. Evans was up 4-2 in the fourth set, before Korda claimed back-to-back to overturn the deficit and claim a four-set win.
Meanwhile, Cristian Garin also reached his first second week at Wimbledon as he beat Pedro Martinez Portero 6-4 6-3 4-6 6-4. “It feels amazing [to reach the second week for the first time]. I didn’t play a grass tournament before Wimbledon, so I was a bit out of rhythm and without any matches on grass.
My last match [on this surface] was here at Wimbledon in 2019,” Garin said. “I didn’t expect to play the way that I’m playing, super solid and serving well, playing almost every game pretty solid. I’m so happy to be in the second week”.