Sebastian Korda vs. Tommy Paul - 2021 Delray Beach Open Second Round
Saturday, January 9 2021
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It is a battle of the young generations as Tommy Paul meets Sebastian Korda in what is going to be a very tight and exciting matchup in the second round of the 2021 Delray Beach Open on Saturday, January 9th 2021. Will Korda be able to beat his fellow countryman, or will Paul continue to shine?
Tommy Paul absolutely dominated his first round matchup against Ji Sung Nam, winning in straight sets 6-1/6-4. Paul was hitting winners left, right, and centre and showed us that if he puts in the hard work and the effort required both mentally and physically, he can definitely continue to rise up in the rankings. Paul is trying to make a name for himself as a mainstay player on the ATP Tour, rather than a challenger level player, and when he plays like this, you can definitely see the potential that he has within his game.
Sebastian Korda is looking to have his breakthrough season this year, and a solid win against Soonwoo Kwon in straight sets in the first round, definitely helps to give him the confidence to continue playing this way. Korda, in my opinion, is similar to Janik Sinner in the sense of potential and mentality on the court. I think by the end of the year, Korda will definitely be a strong title contender for the NextGen ATP Finals. Korda will want to ensure he earns that spot though, and continuing to begin his year as strongly as he did in his first round match will definitely help him.
This is going to be the first meeting between both players and it is going to be a tight one for sure. Both players are very promising talents, and both will have solid careers over the next few years, but in my opinion, other the last few months, Sebastian Korda has impressed me more than Tommy Paul. Paul has more experience than Korda, but Korda seems to be a rare talent who will come out all guns blazing and will always give it his all. Expect a close encounter between these two, but one which Korda should edge.