Wimbledon day two: Highlights from SW19
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Sebastian Korda announced himself as a major player at Wimbledon as he crushed the dreams of Dan Evans.
Korda, 21 on Monday, and on his Wimbledon debut, reached the fourth round at Wimbledon after a pulsating 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 over British no1 and 11th seed Evans.
Korda, the world no 50, whose dad Petr won the 1998 Australian Open and reached the Wimbledon quarter finals, and his sister Nelly, 22, won the Women’s PGA Championship in Atlanta last Sunday to become world No.1 for the first time.
In a see-saw match, the hugely talented Korda, rated as the USA’s next big hope and touted by former champion John McEnroe as a future top ten player and Grand Slam winner, showed he was far from overawed on Centre Court.
The young American took the first set as he pounced on Evans’ erratic serving, but the British player, who had up until now had a good Wimbledon and was himself bidding for the fourth round for the first time, hit back to claim the second.
But the rangy, skilful Korda was not fazed, and kept the pressure on Evans, surviving several break points as he took the third set.
Evans fought hard and actually went 4-2 up in the fourth, but Korda, as Evans imploded, kept his cool, and stormed back to win.
Korda, who will now face Russian Karen Khachanov on his 21st birthday on Monday, said: “I stayed calm on the big moments.
“I stayed relaxed and played attacking tennis. I’m proud of myself. It is a big achievement. A year ago I was 220 in the world and now I am in the fourth round at Wimbledon. It’s incredible
“My dad won a Grand Slam and my sister won her first major and is now world no1. It’s inspiring -it’s crazy.”
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