Korda vs. Shelton: All-American Explosiveness


By Richard Pagliaro | @Tennis_Now | Tuesday, October 10, 2024

Shanghai’s annual New Yr’s Eve fireworks exhibits command world consideration.

Search for explosive shotmakers Sebastian Korda and Ben Shelton to mild it up after they collide in an all-American Shanghai quarterfinal.   

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“It may be thrilling for everybody, not just for me, I am certain the followers are going to like it,” Korda stated after defusing harmful Francisco Cerundolo 7-5, 7-6(6). “Hopefully, the perfect participant wins on the day.”

The left-handed Shelton slammed 15 aces—and banged brutal physique serves—stinging world No. 4 Jannik Sinner 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) to snap the Beijing champion’s seven-match profitable streak on the Rolex Shanghai Masters as we speak.

The largest win of Shelton’s profession earned him a rousing rendition of “Pleased Birthday” sung to him by Shanghai followers—and a first-time conflict vs. Korda with a semifinal spot on the road.

The primary of what might be many future clashes between the pair leaves each males pumped for this Shanghai showdown.

“I am actually excited every time Individuals are going deep within the draw, it is one thing actually cool for me to see, so one in every of us will likely be within the semifinals right here in Shanghai, which is superior,” Shelton stated. “However, yeah, trying ahead to it. Sebe’s an important man and taking part in actually, actually good kind. He beat the No. 2 participant on the earth, No. 3 participant on the earth, Medvedev, and arguably the most effective exhausting courtroom seasons on tour. I feel that exhibits how effectively Sebe’s taking part in and, yeah, I am actually trying ahead to a battle.”

Each Shelton and Korda are the sons of former ATP execs and each have summoned a few of their most dynamic tennis on the game’s largest levels.

n a daring all-court efficiency final January, Korda broke Daniil Medvedev in his opening service sport of every set, sending the 2022 Australian Open finalist packing in an excellent 7-6(7), 6-3, 7-6(4) Australian Open triumph. The Twenty sixth-seeded Korda beat Medvedev once more within the Shanghai third spherical for his first profession High 5 win and a second profession Masters 1000 quarterfinal look.

The 21-year-old Shelton, who had by no means been exterior of america previous to touring to Australia for the 2023 Australian Open final January, powered to the AO quarterfinals and knocked off two High-15 ranked compatriots—Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe—en path to the US Open semifinals final month.

Now, each Korda and Shelton are taking part in for Masters 1000 semifinal in Shanghai.

“Possibly I’m hooked on taking part in on the massive levels,” Shelton stated after toppling the sixth-seeded Sinner. “I undoubtedly have not had a traditional upbringing within the tennis world.

“First yr on Tour it’s form of been slightly backwards figuring issues out as we go. I’m simply going to attempt to hold constructing and bettering each week.”

Shanghai has been a Masters launching pad for American males this week as each Tommy Paul and JJ Wolf are nonetheless alive and will face off in an all-American quarterfinal if Wolf beats Ugo Humbert and Paul defeats Andrey Rublev on Wednesday.

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