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If you tuned in for the Korda vs Nadal game yesterday, you tuned in for a classic! In Nadal’s opening round of Indian Wells, he fought back from 5-2 down in the final set to beat Seb Korda of the USA. Nadal had a lot riding on this game in terms of 2022 statistics. If he lost, his unbeaten streak would have been snapped. And it would have been the first time he lost an opening round of a Masters event for many years! But as the score shows, he ultimately won the match – in impressive fashion.
With that said, I feel that Korda deserves credit for his performance. And I also feel that people should sit up and take note of this young man for his talent and shotmaking. He is still just 21 years of age, and he’s already close to beating one of the greatest players of all time.
Let’s take a more detailed look at Seb Korda’s game right now.
The Talent of Sebastian Korda Explained
At the time of writing, Seb Korda is ranked at 38 in the world. For a guy who is just 21 years of age, this is super impressive. He is also 6ft 5 inches tall with a huge game. So for me, he is a player that we should be very excited about. Here are a few things that I feel must be mentioned about this guy’s game.
Incredible Ball Striking
This was one of the most stand-out features of the Nadal game yesterday, for me. Having been destroyed in the opening set, Korda then showed what he has in his locker. At times, he was simply blowing Nadal off the court. Bear in mind that Nadal is one of the quickest and best defensive players on tour! Needless to say, blowing him off the court is almost impossible. It takes power, precision, and great consistency, which Korda has in abundance.
Round of 16 at Wimbledon 2021
Although the Nadal game really showed what Korda is capable of, this isn’t the first time he has performed on the big stages. Looking back at his results, he made the last 16 of Wimbledon in 2021. And as it happens, he almost made it through to the quarter-finals. He lost to Khachanov by 10-8 in the final set. Of course, he had just entered his 20s at the time, which is again, seriously impressive. So as we can see, his match against Nadal yesterday wasn’t a flash in the pan event.
Top Next-Gen Star
At the back end of 2021, Korda made it to the ‘next-gen finals’. During the event, Korda dispatched some top-level players. Ultimately, he lost to the man who many people think could be the next big thing – Carlos Alcaraz. Even at this event, I could see the power and potential of Korda, which he brought together against Nadal. Considering that he is still classed as a next gen player, I am certain that Korda will become a star in the future.