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Sebastian Korda wins in straight sets following a rain delay in Cincinnati

Korda Takes Down Djere, Sets Tsitsipas Clash

21-year-old eases through opening match in Cincinnati

Sebastian Korda continued his impressive 2021 at the Western and Southern Open on Tuesday, beating Serb Laslo Djere 6-4, 6-4 to set up his first meeting with second-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Korda is now 23-11 on the season as he aims to win his second ATP Tour title (Parma) and to improve his current career-high Fed Ex ATP Ranking of No. 45 this week.

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Both players eased through their service games in the first set until 5-4, when Korda broke at his first opportunity to take a one-set advantage. The 21-year-old was ruthlessly efficient on serve in the opener, winning 83 per cent of service points and firing three aces.

Korda showed resilience in the second set, as he recovered from being a break down to win the final three games. The Floridian failed to convert two match points at 5-4 before rain interrupted play for more than an hour. Korda showed composure after the break, quickly converting his third match point.

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