De Minaur breezes past Korda in Rotterdam

Bublik beats Coric for second consecutive match
February 13, 2024
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Alex de Minaur beats Sebastian Korda on Tuesday at the ABN AMRO Open in Rotterdam. By ATP Staff

Alex de Minaur eased out of the blocks in Rotterdam on Tuesday at the ABN AMRO Open.

The fifth-seeded Australian downed Sebastian Korda 6-4, 6-3 with a solid first-round display at the indoor ATP 500. De Minaur saved all four break points he faced to capitalise on a wayward display from Korda and set a second-round clash with qualifier David Goffin.

“It was probably a match where we both didn’t play our best level,” said De Minaur, the No. 11 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings who is now 7-2 for the year. “It’s always difficult coming into a new tournament. It was my first time hitting on centre court and it felt like a couple of balls were skidding out there. I’m happy with the effort. I got through, Seb’s a talented player and he was a very tricky opponent today.”

Alexander Bublik and Alexander Shevchenko also notched opening victories on the centre court at Rotterdam Ahoy. Bublik backed up his championship-match win against Borna Coric in Montpellier nine days ago by defeating the Croatian 6-3, 6-4 in an early-season Lexus ATP Head2Head rematch. The in-form Kazakhstani, who sent down 13 aces according to Infosys ATP Stats, next faces his fellow big server Milos Raonic.

Bublik’s countryman Shevchenko pulled through an absorbing one-hour, 55-minutes against Zhang Zhizhen for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win. He will next play the winner of Wednesday’s meeting between third seed Holger Rune and Roman Safiullin. The other day session winner on Tuesday was Marton Fucsovics, who won an all-Hungarian battle with Fabian Marozsan 7-6(5), 6-1.

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