Cameron Norrie falls to Sebastian Korda in the semi-finals of the Delray Beach Open | Tennis News

The British No.3 was trying to reach his second career ATP Tour final and Sebastian Korda will now face Hubert Hurkacz for the title, after Hurkacz triumphed over Christian Harrison 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in the other semi-final.

Last updated: 01/13/21 8:40 am

Cameron Norrie missed a spot in the Delray Beach Open final

Cameron Norrie bowed out in the Delray Beach Open semifinals, losing in straight sets 6-3 7-5 to American Sebastian Korda.

Norrie, who is ranked 75th in the world, faced the 20-year-old for the first time and the duo battled for an hour and 22 minutes on Tuesday.

He was trying to reach his second ATP Tour final. However, after trading early breaks in the first five games, Korda upped his level in the first set and grabbed it 6-3.

The second set was a tighter affair, with Norrie looking to tackle Korda’s potential nerves as the 20-year-old may be staring at the finish line too early.

At 5-4, the British No.3 showed his courage to save two match points and level the procedures in the set. However, Korda regrouped well and ultimately remained calm to cross the finish line.

β€œI’m excited right now, couldn’t be happier,” Korda said on the ATP website.

β€œI warmed up with my coach, he hits the flattest ball possible, so it worked today.

“[Norrie] has a super tricky game. His backhand cross is world class, and his forehand once he rolls it he’s tough to defend. I’m super happy with how I stayed aggressive and played the whole game.

“At 5-4, two match points … he played a good point but then I threw a double fault. But other than that, I played a very good game.”

Petr and Sebastian Korda are said to be the third father-son duo to win open-era tour-level singles titles after Ramanathan and Ramesh Krishnan, Phil and Taylor Den

The victory means Korda has now reached his first ATP Tour final, winning nine games in a row. His opponent is the fourth seed Hubert Hurkacz which prevailed over Christian Harrison 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 earlier today.

Hurkacz and Harrison were also meeting for the first time, the latter enjoying an impressive run at the tournament.

Harrison is currently ranked 789 in the world and has progressed to advance to the semi-final.

His campaign turned heads for all the right reasons, but also for others when he was fined by ATP for refusing to participate in a mandatory field interview at the Delray Beach Open.

As for the semi-final, Hurkacz had the advantage and he launched into the final competition with Korda not losing a set in the tournament.

“Very happy to win this game today,” Hurkacz said during his interview on the pitch.

β€œI mean, Christian played pretty amazing throughout the tournament. He qualified here and had his best results on the ATP Tour.

“Especially after everything he’s been through, all the surgeries, it’s really great for him. He played a really amazing game.”

Elsewhere, at the Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open, Aryna sabalenka goes in search of her third consecutive title when she faces Veronika kudermetova in the final on Wednesday.

Kudermetova will make her first WTA singles final after beating Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 in her semi-final.

“We’re friendly and I think it’s a really interesting and fun game,” Kudermetova said of the game with Sabalenka. The last time the two women met on court was on the ITF Challenger circuit in 2015!

The final of the Antalya Open will be played between Alexander Bublik and the fourth seed Alex de Minaur, who reserved his place there by beating David Goffin 6-4 3-6 6-2 in one hour and 52 minutes.

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