10 Jan Americans Make Up Half of Quarterfinalists
Four Americans will attempt to book their place in the Delray Beach Open presented by VITACOST.com semi-finals on Monday. At 35-years-old, veteran John Isner is joined by young guns Sebastian Korda, Frances Tiafoe and Christian Harrison in quarterfinal action.
The showpiece match of Monday’s quarterfinals features a heavy weight bout between America’s most successful player in recent memory, Isner, against an emerging talent, Korda.
Korda defeated fellow American rising star and Delray Beach No. 5 seed Tommy Paul in three sets to reach his first ATP Tour quarterfinal. The 20-year-old son of former world No. 2 and Australian Open champion Peter Korda, he made his ATP Tour breakthrough last year reaching the fourth round of Roland Garros, becoming the first American debutant to do so since 2001. His path to the final 16 in Paris included a win over Isner in the second round.
Isner, the No.2 seed here this week, reached Monday’s quarterfinals after beating Thiago Monteiro 6-4, 7-6(4). Isner will be attempting to reach his fifth semifinal here in Delray beach, however, he has never progressed past that stage. Ahead of Monday night’s blockbuster, Isner was full of praise for his next opponent.
“I think he’s (Korda) an excellent player. He’s got a lot of skill. A lot of game, he’s super young. He has that going for him of course,” Isner said.
Isner and Korda will the first match of the night session at 6 p.m.
American qualifier and good news story, Harrison, will play Italian Gianluca Mager in the first quarterfinal on Monday. Harrison, 26, is into his first ATP Tour quarterfinal having won four matches this week in Delray Beach. The injury prone American has been somewhat of a giant killer this week beating the No. 1 seeds in both the qualifying and main draws. Harrison recorded the biggest win of his career on Saturday defeating world No. 22 Cristian Garin 7-6(3), 6-2.
Harrison now faces the man who defeated his older brother, Ryan, in the first round. Mager, also 26, has been on an American witch-hunt in the opening tournament of the 2021 season. After knocking out Ryan Harrison in the opening round he then made light work of No. 6 seed Sam Querrey 7-6(8), 6-1 to book his place in Monday’s quarters.
Harrison and Mager will be the first match on stadium court at 12:30 p.m. in what will be the pair’s first meeting on the ATP Tour.
In his third quarterfinal appearance here in four years, Frances Tiafoe, will tackle British left-hander Cameron Norrie. Norrie was the last man to reach the quarterfinals in Delray after upsetting No. 3 seed Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-5 on Sunday night.
Tiafoe, the 2018 champion here, reached the last eight earlier in the day, outlasting fellow American Bjorn Fratangelo in three sets. Tiafoe and Norrie will be the last match on Monday, not before 8 p.m. on Stadium Court. This will be the pairs first meeting on the ATP Tour.
In the day’s other quarterfinal, Delray Beach No. 3 seed Hubert Hurkacz, will take on qualifier Roberto Quiroz in the second match on stadium court not before 2:30 p.m. Hurkacz defeated Daniel Elahi Galan in straight sets to begin his 2021 season, while Quiroz defeated 41-year-old Croatian, Ivo Karlovic 6-2, 6-4 to reach his first ATP Tour quarterfinal.