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Sebastian Korda Dan Evans39; Wimbledon thirdround hoodoo continues with defeat to

Sebastian Korda Dan Evans39; Wimbledon thirdround hoodoo continues with defeat to
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Dan Evans crashes out of Wimbledon to big American hope … Fri, 02 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0100-The British number one has never made it to the second week at his home grand slam.

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Dan Evans’ Wimbledon third-round hoodoo continues with defeat to Sebastian Korda

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Dan Evans is out of Wimbledon at the third round stage again

Dan Evans’ Wimbledon third-round hoodoo continued after he lost to upcoming American Sebastian Korda on Centre Court.

The British number one has never made it to the second week at his home grand slam and falls at this stage for the third time after a 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 loss.

Evans, who also went out in the third round in 2016 and 2019, will be frustrated by this defeat as several net cords went against him at key moments, but he lost to a 20-year-old who looks destined for the top.

Korda comes from a rich sporting family as his dad Petr was a former world number two and his sisters are leading golfers, with Nelly the current world number one.

It is a path that he too could follow as he has the game to match the best, with a powerful serve and good movement around the court, and he will play 25th seed Karen Khachanov in the fourth round on Monday on what is his 21st birthday.

Things could have been different had Evans, seeded 22 and the favourite coming into the match, taken some early break points midway through the first set, but Korda held on and inevitably struck in the next game.

Evans went long with a forehand at break down point at 3-4, allowing the American to serve it out and he got the job done with an emphatic smash at the net.

The 31-year-old was not out of the encounter and took advantage of a rare error-prone service game from Korda midway through the second set to break serve and he was able to serve out to level at one set all.

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Sebastian Korda is destine for big things after beating Dan Evans on Centre Court (Adam Davy/PA)

The match was effectively decided in a 15-minute period in the third set where there were three consecutive breaks of serve.

Korda took Evans’ delivery to love to go 4-2 up but the Brit battled straight back to win a mammoth game, eventually winning on his fourth break point.

He could not build on it, though, as he was immediately broken again at 4-3 and Korda quickly closed the set.

Again Evans had chances and he will go to bed ruing another exchange of breaks in the fourth set.

After getting his nose in front to go 4-2 up, he could not take advantage of his lead and a really poor service game allowed Korda to break.

With it went Evans’ spirit as that was the first of four games that the American reeled off to mark his Centre Court debut in style.

 

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Dan Evans is out of Wimbledon at the third round stage again

Dan Evans’ Wimbledon third-round hoodoo continued after he lost to upcoming American Sebastian Korda on Centre Court.

The British number one has never made it to the second week at his home grand slam and falls at this stage for the third time after a 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 loss.

Evans, who also went out in the third round in 2016 and 2019, will be frustrated by this defeat as several net cords went against him at key moments, but he lost to a 20-year-old who looks destined for the top.

Korda comes from a rich sporting family as his dad Petr was a former world number two and his sisters are leading golfers, with Nelly the current world number one.

It is a path that he too could follow as he has the game to match the best, with a powerful serve and good movement around the court, and he will play 25th seed Karen Khachanov in the fourth round on Monday on what is his 21st birthday.

Things could have been different had Evans, seeded 22 and the favourite coming into the match, taken some early break points midway through the first set, but Korda held on and inevitably struck in the next game.

Evans went long with a forehand at break down point at 3-4, allowing the American to serve it out and he got the job done with an emphatic smash at the net.

The 31-year-old was not out of the encounter and took advantage of a rare error-prone service game from Korda midway through the second set to break serve and he was able to serve out to level at one set all.

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Sebastian Korda is destine for big things after beating Dan Evans on Centre Court (Adam Davy/PA)

The match was effectively decided in a 15-minute period in the third set where there were three consecutive breaks of serve.

Korda took Evans’ delivery to love to go 4-2 up but the Brit battled straight back to win a mammoth game, eventually winning on his fourth break point.

He could not build on it, though, as he was immediately broken again at 4-3 and Korda quickly closed the set.

Again Evans had chances and he will go to bed ruing another exchange of breaks in the fourth set.

After getting his nose in front to go 4-2 up, he could not take advantage of his lead and a really poor service game allowed Korda to break.

With it went Evans’ spirit as that was the first of four games that the American reeled off to mark his Centre Court debut in style.


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Dan Evans' Wimbledon third-round hoodoo continues with defeat to … Fri, 02 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0100-Dan Evans' quest to reach the second week of Wimbledon for the first time will have to wait another year after he lost in four sets to Sebastian Korda.

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Dan Evans crashes out of Wimbledon to big American hope Sebastian Korda

July 02, 2021

Dan Evans’ quest to reach the second week of Wimbledon for the first time will have to wait another year after he was undone by a man who may yet become one of the big American hopes, Sebastian Korda. The 20-year-old, who reached the fourth round at Roland-Garros last year, equalled that achievement with a powerful, mature performance that no doubt will have made his father proud.

In terms of the gene pool, Korda is perhaps second only to the children of Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. The son of Petr Korda, the former Australian Open champion, and of Regina Rajchrtova, the former world No 26, Korda is the brother of Nelly Korda, the new world No 1 golfer and US PGA champion, and Jessica Korda, who is also on the Olympic team.

Genes give you the athleticism, the physicality. What Korda has, on top of all that, is a wise head on young shoulders and the man who turns 21 on Sunday showed incredible maturity to clinch victory in front of his father and end Evans’ hopes of making it into round two.

Korda will play Karen Khachanov of Russia in the last 16 and on the evidence of his effort against Evans, he will fancy his chances of going even further. As well as a fine serve, excellent forehand and easy power, he went to the net on 40 occasions and won 28 of them, a sign of how his intent and how much his game is suited to grass.

“Not bad,” he said, of a first appearance on Centre Court. “I just stayed calm in the biggest moments as much I could. I stayed relaxed, played attacking tennis as much as I could and I’m really proud of myself today.

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Sebastian Korda’s parents are former Australia Open champion Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtova. He is the brother of women’s golf world No 1 Nelly Korda. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

“It’s a bit achievement. A year ago I was No 220 in the world, now I’m in the fourth round at Wimbledon. I have my family to thank, my coaches too. My dad won a grand slam, my sister just won her first golf major and is No 1 in the world. It’s super-exciting, it’s crazy.”

From 3-3 in the first set, Korda broke twice to take the set but Evans, getting vocal in an attempt to get the crowd even more on his side, hit back to take the second. But Korda remained calm, took the second and every time Evans got a break, he snatched it straight back, clinching victory in the end to reach the last 16 for the first time.


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– July 2, 2021
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