Sebastian Korda eyes top 20 after clinching Madrid opener
Next-Gen ATP finalist Sebastian Korda has claimed his first ever win at the La Caja Magica as he looks ahead to his goals for 2022.
Korda has had a solid start to the 2022 clay court season.
Despite an opening round defeat at the Barcelona Open last month, he reached the last 16 at the Monte Carlos Masters where he gained Next-Gen ATP finals revenge on Carlos Alcaraz as well as make the semi-finals of the Estoril Open last week.
The 21-year-old from Florida has continued his fine form as won an all-American clash in the opening round of the Madrid Masters as he put on an impressive display to beat 15th seed Reilly Opelka to advance to the second round.
Korda wrapped up the victory in straight sets winning 6-3, 7-5 just inside two hours.
Reflecting on his performance, Sebastian Korda said that he was feeling comfortable on the clay and enjoying his tennis at the moment.
The world number 30 spoke to Tennis TV and said, “I grew up on the clay so I really enjoy playing on it. I had a great week last week in Estoril and it’s been very positive overall. I am very happy with the win.”
The American was then asked about his new career high ranking of 30th in the world and what his aims were for the rest of the season, as he said he wishes to break into the top 20 by the end of the year.
“Yeah for sure the ranking is always very important but you know, if I am having fun and working hard then the ranking will follow which it has done so far and so I am very happy.
“I would love to be in the top 20 but there is a long way to go and a lot of tennis to be played.”
Sebastian Korda is set to face fellow youngster Lorenzo Mussetti in the next round as he beat Belarusian Ilya Ivashka in his opening round match.
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