Sebastian Korda reaches his second ATP final of 2023
American Sebastian Korda has made his second ATP final of 2023, defeating four opponents and the No. 1 seed en route to the title match at the Astana Open.
Korda will face the No. 6 seed, Adrian Mannarino in the final. This is the 23-year-old’s 14th tournament this year, as he has been struggling with his wrist throughout the season and has had to sit out for chunks of the year. After retiring in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Korda missed three months but returned in Madrid.
When Korda has been able to play, he has often made deep runs. In addition to a quarterfinal at the Australian Open, he was the finalist at Adelaide, and broke into the Top 25 for the first time in June after upsetting Frances Tiafoe on his way to the semifinals at Queen’s Club. He also reached the semifinals at Winston-Salem—but earlier in the summer he struggled, not getting past the first round at Wimbledon or the US Open, or the second rounds in Washington, D.C., Toronto or Cincinnati.
The world No. 28 is having a much stronger fall swing, having reached the semifinals in Zhuhai last week before losing to eventual champion Karen Khachanov. After his last match, where he defeated Serbia's Hamad Medjedkovic, 6-7(8), 7-6(2), 7-6(3), Korda commented on his close semifinal win against the 20-year-old wild card and how he’s feeling as the end of the season approaches.
“It feels amazing right now. We both played an incredible match. He's a really good player; he's going to be even better. It was really tricky, but I'm really happy,” Korda said.
“I've had a long year with my wrist injury, and to be back in a final, it's incredible.”
Three of Korda's four wins this week have come in three sets, including a win over No. 1 seed Tallon Greikspoor in the quarterfinals. He'll be bidding for his second career title, to go along with the clay-court win her recorded in Parma, Italy two years ago, and hopes to break a three-match losing streak in ATP singles finals.
Korda and Mannarino have never played.