Wimbledon, England — When Sebastian Korda played in his final match at the age of 20 — Overhead winner who won Wimbledon’s 22nd seed in the third round on Friday— —After raising his arms, the Americans folded their arms and placed their hands on their lap.
In the guest box on the center court, the body language of his father, the 1998 Australian Open champion Petr, was very similar. Raise your arms into the air, lean forward and reach for the railing in front of your seat.
The pedigree of the young Corda family is now quite helpful to him. He is the son of two former professional tennis players and admits that his mother, Regina Rajchrtova, taught her to calm down on the court. In addition, Nelly, one of the two current star brothers of women’s golf, is ranked number one. And just won her first major — and it looks very likely that he is the men’s tennis star his country has been waiting for for quite some time.
With an aggressive style built for turf courts, Roddick beat Dan Evans in England 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4 to 16 rounds at the All England Club since Andy. Roddick, who became the youngest American to reach, advanced to the semi-finals in 2003.
“I felt incredibly comfortable,” said Corda. “And yeah, it was perfect today.”
The view of his father? In essence: not so fast.
“It’s not over,” said Dad. “Celebrate until this is complete.”
On the warmest day of the tournament to date, Petr was in permanent exercise on Friday as temperatures rose towards the mid-70s (20 degrees Fahrenheit), with black baseball caps and occasional white towels on his shoulders. did. Parents whose children play sports at all levels can actually be involved if they twist themselves at their place on the stand.
“It hurt my nerves. To be honest, it’s easier to be on the golf course because I can walk at any time,” he said, watching his two daughters compete. “But with Sebi, I had to sit still. It’s not easy.”
It’s one of the small measures of how fast his son is growing. He is the eighth man to reach the fourth round at both the All England Club and Roland Garros before the age of 21 since 2001.
Of the other seven, four continued to rank number one, winning multiple Grand Slam titles: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Lleyton Hewitt. The other was a major (Marin Cilic) and the other two were slam runners-up (Stefanos Tsitsipas, still 22 and Thomas Berdych).
Roddick’s victory at the 2003 US Open is the longest drought in history for the country that created Bill Tilden, Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, an American man. Remains the latest Grand Slam singles title.
Eight-time major champion Agashi happens to be a kind of mentor for Corda. They worked together for two weeks in Las Vegas late last year and talked frequently on the phone.
“The most important thing he told me yesterday was just to enjoy it,” Corda said. “This is my first time at Wimbledon Center Court. Have fun, accept and have fun.”
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On Monday, Corda’s 21st birthday, he will face Karen Khachanov, the 25th seed. Karen Khachanov is a Russian who eliminated Frances Tiafoe in the United States in a straight set.
“I played a little tighter. Tsitsfo, who defeated third-seeded Tsitsipas in the first round, lost to Khachanov twice at Wimbledon since 2018.
Other Men’s Round 4: No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 17 Christian Garin, No. 5 Andrey Rublev vs. Merton Huxovic, No. 8 Roberto Bautista Agut vs. No. 10 Denis Shapovalov, since 2017 By defeating two champions who finished Andy Murray’s first Wimbledon singles 6–4, 6–2, 6–2.
“I’m not too happy with my performance. I felt a little sick today, especially on the serve,” Djokovic said. Djokovic defeated American qualifier Denis Kudla 6–4, 6–3, 7–6 (7) to 17–0. Match this season with slums.
Women’s match on Monday: No.2 Aryna Sabalenka vs. No.18 Elena Rybakina, No.7 Iga Sifion vs. No.21 Ons Jabeur, No.8 Karolina Pliskova vs. Ludmilla Samsonova, No.23 Madison Keys vs. Viktorija Goluvic.
Corda made her Wimbledon debut and participated in the Grand Slam tournament for the third time. He made a splash at the French Open last year before losing to idol Nadal (Korokoro’s cat was named after the 20th major champion).
Until Friday, he had never been to the center court as a player, fan, or otherwise, and resisted the temptation to pull out his cell phone to shoot a video.
“They always show how the player walks through all the rooms and then down the stairs,” he said. “I thought of myself:’This is a nut. What’s to come will be something I’ll never forget.”
Corda scored points on 30 out of 43 trips, showing off his ever-changing useful serve, strong ground strokes from both sides, and the willingness to go to the net (well, aspirations).
“All his achievements. He played strong tennis,” he said. Today’s top British player, Evans, supported by a crowd of parties, tweeted to his coach and cursed enough to get an official warning. “He will obviously be a very good player.”