PARMA, Italy — Sebastian Korda received his first ATP trophy with a straight-set victory over Italian wild card Marco Cecchinato on the Emilia-Romagna Open.
Korda grew to become the primary American in 11 years to raise a trophy on European clay, since Sam Querrey received in Belgrade in 2010.
Korda had not dropped a set all week in Parma and he carried on that run within the ultimate to see off the 104th-ranked Cecchinato 6-2, 6-4 in 75 minutes.
The 20-year-old Korda had misplaced the one different ultimate he had contested, in opposition to Hubert Hurkacz on the Delray Seaside Open in January.
“That is one thing that I’ve dreamed of,” mentioned Korda, who’s ranked 63rd. “I actually thought I used to be going to get it finished in Delray Seaside, and I used to be a bit heartbroken.
“However I stayed optimistic, even with such a nasty first a part of the clay-court season. I took a few days off, recharged my batteries, and had a very good apply week in Prague with my dad and my coach. I got here again hungrier, and I’m taking part in some actually good tennis now.”
Korda’s father is former second-ranked Petr Korda. They’re the third father-son duo to win tour-level singles titles within the Open Period, following within the footsteps of Ramanathan Krishnan and Ramesh Krishnan, and Phil Dent and Taylor Dent.
Korda had by no means even received back-to-back predominant draw matches on clay earlier than arriving in Parma.
However he had stormed via to the ultimate and held his nerve regardless of being confronted with a partisan dwelling crowd.
Korda received 82% of factors on his first serve and broke thrice, together with the decisive break at 5-4 on Cecchinato’s serve to clinch the title.
He additionally staved off the one break level he confronted, late within the second set.
“At this time I performed a very powerful opponent and the group wasn’t simple,” Korda mentioned. “They stored cheering him on, however I’m actually pleased with myself and the way I dealt with it.”