Korda Into First Final of 2022

October 15, 2022

Korda Into First Final of 2022

Sebastian Korda will face Andrey Rublev in tomorrow's final after the American's straight-set dismissal of unseeded French darkhorse Arthur Rinderknech.

The American world #67 is into his third ATP final after dismissing Arthur Rinderknech 7-6(2) 6-3 on Centre Court this afernoon.

Although this was their first tour level meeting, Korda might remember their 2019 match in the Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan) challenger in which he needed three sets to dispose of the Frenchman. The players went toe-to-toe during the first set as the Frenchman showed no signs of fatigue early on, despite his three-hour battle last night.

Big serves and hard-hitting had taken Rinderknech to the Adelaide final in January. Hoping to repeat that effort, he took Korda to a first set tiebreak.

The turning point was a break of service in the second set, which took the American up to 5-2. At this stage of the match it seemed an insurmountable lead for the Frenchman to recuperate, however he did manage to hold his serve and force the American serve it out.

A forehand Volley put-away set up matchpoint for the 22-year-old Floridian. He fumbled his next volley,  however he remained cool, calm and collected. After a protracted rally on his second match point, the American lifted his arms in victory upon booking his spot in his first final of the season.



SINGLES - Semifinals

[1] Andrey Rublev def. [PR] Dominic Thiem (AUT)
6-4 6-4

Sebastian Korda (USA) def  Arthur Rinderknech (FRA)
7-6(2) 6-3


Photo: Gijón Open