Sinner beats Korda in battle of rising stars at Citi


WASHINGTON — Jannik Sinner beat Sebastian Korda 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3) on the Citi Open on Thursday in a matchup between two kids thought of potential future stars of males’s tennis who additionally occur to be doubles companions this week.

Sinner is a 19-year-old from Italy who reached the quarterfinals on the French Open final yr and the fourth spherical there this yr earlier than dropping to 13-time champion Rafael Nadal every time.

Korda is a 21-year-old from the U.S. who is just the third man within the final 50 years to achieve the fourth spherical in his debuts at each Roland Garros, which he did in 2020, and Wimbledon, which he did final month.

The 2 have gotten to know one another on tour and Sinner stated Korda texted him about becoming a member of up in doubles on the hard-court event in Washington. After dealing with one another on a breezy, 90-degree afternoon, they have been scheduled to crew up at night time towards Nick Kyrgios and Frances Tiafoe.

Korda and Sinner by no means had performed towards one another — and even practiced collectively — till this week.

“Very comparable sport type,” Sinner stated of the duo.

He trailed 5-2 within the second set earlier than coming again.

“He was enjoying higher. … I attempted to discover a resolution as quickly as potential,” Sinner stated.

Korda’s father gained the 1992 Australian Open, his mom was ranked within the prime 30 and his two sisters are golf stars, together with No. 1-ranked Nelly, who shot a 62 on Thursday to take the lead in that sport on the Tokyo Olympics.

Within the Washington quarterfinals, the fifth-seeded Sinner will face Steve Johnson of the U.S. Others advancing Thursday included No. 11 John Millman and Denis Kudla.

The highest-seeded Nadal was scheduled to satisfy No. 14 Lloyd Harris at night time. That comes a day after the 20-time Grand Slam champion edged Jack Sock in three units throughout greater than three hours regardless of a painful left foot that had sidelined Nadal because the French Open.

Nadal practiced for 45 minutes Thursday afternoon and didn’t seem to favor that foot in any respect through the session.

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