12 Jan Korda to Clash with Hurkacz for TItle
Sebastian Korda will look to finish off his breakout tournament with a title when he faces Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the final of the season-opening Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com.
Hurkacz, 23, will have experience on his side as he takes on 20-year-old Korda. The final will be just the 12th tour-level match of Korda’s career, while Hurkacz earned his 50th career match win in Monday’s quarterfinal.
As the fourth seed, Hurkacz had a first round bye and has recorded three straight-set wins to reach the final while Korda was stretched to three sets in both his second round and quarterfinal matches.
Hurkacz won his only previous ATP final when he claimed the title at Winston-Salem in 2019. The only seed to reach the semifinals, he is looking to be the seventh No. 4 seed to claim this title and the second in a row after Reilly Opelka in 2020.
Korda, the 2018 Australian Open junior champion, is the youngest to reach the Delray Beach final since 20-year-old France Tiafoe won the 2018 title here.
Nine players have made the Delray Beach Open their first career title, the last being Radu Albot in 2019. Korda would be the third American to claim their first title here, joining Tiafoe (2018) and Todd Martin (1993).
This will be the first meeting between the two players.
Korda’s father, Petr, was ranked as high as No. 2 on the ATP Tour, winning 10 titles including the 1990 Australian Open. His mother, Regina, reached a career high No. 26 in the WTA rankings, while his sisters Jessica and Nelly are professional golfers on the LPGA Tour.
Born in Wroclaw, Hurkacz has found Polish fans here in Delray Beach this week. Tennis players have long had tremendous support in Poland and that popularity has only increased since 19-year-old Iga Swiatek became the nation’s first Major champion when she won the French Open in September.