The 20 year old Sebastian Korda will take on John Isner on Monday night in the quarterfinals at Delray Beach.
Sebastian Korda, son of former Australian Open champion Petr Korda, has been in good form this week. He entered Delray Beach with high expectations, having won the last tournament he played (Eckental challenger in November) and so far he met them. He won in straight sets against Kwon in the first round and upset Tommy Paul in three sets in the second, playing good tennis.
Isner had not played since the French Open in September (where he actually lost to Korda), but he was still able to put on a professional showing in his first match here in Delray Beach on Saturday night. Big John stayed clean on his serve and defeated Monteiro 6-4 7-6, without facing a single break point. The winner of that match was never in doubt.
Korda leads the H2H 1-0, a three set win at Roland Garros last year. However, that was on clay, and this is on hard courts, where Isner is much more comfortable.
Betting on a first set tiebreak makes a lot of sense here.
We know Big John’s serve is nearly untouchable, and it worked at regular standards against Monteiro. 22 aces for John Isner, and Monteiro wasn’t able to procure a single break point.
Korda’s serve is not quite stable enough yet to be a formidable weapon, despite him being 195 cm, but it’s not a weakness. He showed grit and determination on his serve against Tommy Paul, a good returner, by saving 9 break points and allowing just two breaks of serve in three sets. In the first round against Kwon he only got broken once, when he was leading by a double break.
Korda will come into this clash in great form, he has rhythm, and he will be confident that he can win the match. Isner may still be a little rusty, so it’s fair to expect Korta to hold his serve in the first part of the match, playing with energy and focus. As far as Isner is concerned, he will always be expected to hold his serve.
I can’t find many arguments against over 12,5 games to take place in the first set. Surely must be worth a shot. Prediction: Sebastian Korda – John Isner 6-7 6-7.