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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday January 12, 2020

 
Sebastian Korda

Sebastian Korda reached his first ATP final with a straight sets win over Cameron Norrie at the Delray Beach Open.

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The dream week continues for 20-year-old Sebastian Korda.

The American sailed into his first career final on Tuesday at the Delray Beach Open, taking down Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie, 6-3, 7-5, to set a final with Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.

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Korda, who was ranked outside of the ATP’s Top 200 before he played Roland-Garros last year, can now climb inside the top 100 with a victory in Wednesday’s final.

Korda has been the center of attention all week at Delray Beach, and as a fixture in the night sessions, he has delivered plenty for the local fans to cheer about. The son of former World No.2 Petr Korda is being mentored by Andre Agassi, and told reporters on Tuesday night that he and his team join Agassi on a call before each match to go over talking points.

"We always go through a game plan with Andre and everybody, my dad and my coach Dean," he said. "I've already talked to him tonight, he was super pumped."

The relationship has clearly helped bolster Korda's confidence, as have the steady stream of positive results that he has been putting up. Korda reached the second week in Paris and got to face Rafael Nadal. Weeks later he claimed his first ATP Challenger title in Eckental.

This week in Florida, we have seen a continuation of that trend. In Korda’s four matches the 20-year-old has had to go three sets two times, but on Tuesday he was able to wiggle out in straights despite the fact that he failed to serve the match out on his first attempt, at 5-4 in the second set.

After Norrie took advantage of a rare loose game from Korda, the American redoubled his efforts and hit back, taking the final two games to clinch his milestone victory.

“5-4 two match points, I don’t know,” said Korda. “He played one good point then I threw in a double-fault after that. Other than that I played a really good match and I’m super happy with it.”

Christian Harrison Done in Singles, but Reaches Doubles Final

Earlier on Tuesday Hurkacz ended the dream run of American Christian Harrison with a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory to reach his second career final.

Harrison, who was the Cinderella story of this week’s Delray Beach Open, reached his first ATP semifinal in a stunning run that saw him finally playing injury free after a difficult decade that saw him undergo eight surgeries from 2009 to 2018.

Harrison is still alive in the doubles draw, however. He and his brother Ryan powered past Andres Molteni and Hugo Nys, 6-2 6-2 to set up a final with Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar.

 

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