January 20, 2023
Sebastian Korda gave American tennis yet another memorable moment as he defeated former world number one Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open.
The 22-year-old sensation attacked from the start and played the biggest moments best in order to beat the fading Russian.
There were some tense moments, as there always are in this wonderfully dramatic sport of ours.
But this 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory represented a significant shock and a massive confidence-booster.
Could Korda go on to emulate his father Petre, who won the Australian Open back in 1998? Anything is possible now.
Sebastian Korda is another rising star for Americans to follow at Wimbledon 2023.
He has already reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in the past – and he must now feel ready to go deep into the second week.
Korda reflected: ‘I was always told how good I could be. Now I’m just getting the right people around me and trusting the process.’
Even the great Andre Agassi has been one of his more recent mentors.
And Agassi has seen it all at Wimbledon and even lifted the trophy.
No wonder Korda sounds mature and relaxed in a way that looks destined to help him become a Grand Slam winner.
He added: ‘I’m growing as a person and as a player. Just trying to do the right things and have fun and enjoy it – good things will happen.’
And good things could well happen for Sebastian Korda at Wimbledon 2023.
Sebi is versatile and covers all areas of the court comfortably. Medvedev describes his game as ‘kind of different from everybody’ – and that means he is hard to read.
Does Korda’s game suit Wimbledon? It sure does. He won 75% of points when he came up to the net against Medvedev – 36 of 48 attacks.
Daniil is well known as a fearless player – but Korda hit almost twice as many winners – 50 to 28. This young American is truly exciting.
And whatever happens in Melbourne from here, American men have certainly left their mark on the tournament. Mackenzie McDonald beat Rafael Nadal on Wednesday. Jenson Brooksby beat number two seed Casper Ruud on Thursday. Now yet another USA star has stepped up to the challenge.
Americans look set to take Centre Court by storm at Wimbledon 2023.
Will you come to support them?