11 Jan Semi Preview
The Cinderella run for Christian Harrison will look to continue in Tuesday’s semifinals at the Delray Beach Open presented by VITACOST.com when he takes on No. 4 seed Hubert Hurkacz.
Harrison, who entered this event ranked No. 789 in the world, is having a career defining week in Delray having reached his first ATP quarterfinal on Saturday and will now play his first semifinal.
Entering 2021, Harrison had only won two ATP tour level matches in his entire career, having missed significant time as he has battled with injuries that required eight surgeries. This is first his first main draw appearance since Newport in 2018.
Harrison has now won three matches in this tournament alone plus a pair of wins in both qualifying and also in doubles where he is semifinalist with his brother Ryan. He is the second-lowest ranked semi-finalist in Delray Beach history behind Juan Martin Del Potro, who was ranked No. 1, 042 when he lost to Sam Querrey at the same stage in 2016. If Harrison was to win two more matches and go on to win the title in Delray he would become the lowest ranked ATP Tour titlist in history (since 1990).
His opponent on Tuesday, Hurkacz made it through with similar ease defeating qualifier Roberto Quiroz 6-4, 6-4 in just under an hour-and-a-half. Hurkacz, the world No. 35, is into his third Tour level semifinal and first since January of 2020 in Auckland.
Harrison will have his work cut out against the big serving Pole who is one of the ATP Tour’s rising stars having achieved a career-high ranking of No. 28 in 2020. The 23-year-old Hurkacz won his first ATP Tour title in 2019 at Winston-Salem.
As the No. 4 seed, Hurkacz had the benefit of a first round bye and has spent just 2:25 on court for his two straight sets victories. Harrison has already played seven matches – five singles and two doubles – to spend 10:56 on court this week.
Tuesday’s semifinal will be the first time the pair have met in their professional careers.
American #NextGenATP sensation Sebastian Korda will take on British left hander Cameron Norrie in Tuesday’s evening semifinal.
Korda reached his first ATP Tour level semifinal after upsetting Delray Beach No. 2 seed John Isner for the second time in as many meetings. Korda defeated Isner in the second round of Roland Garros last year in four tight sets and Monday night in Delray was much the same with Korda winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in just under two hours. Korda showed an attitude and demeanor well beyond his years throughout the match and his strong baseline game proved too much for the veteran Isner.
The 20-year-old is the youngest semifinalist in Delray Beach since then 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov in 2018. He also now has some bragging rights over his famous father, Peter Korda, who never made it to the quarterfinals in his two outings in Delray.
Korda’s semifinal opponent, Norrie, made it through to the last four in typically dogged fashion, beating 2018 Delray Beach Open champion Frances Tiafoe in three topsy turvy sets.
This is Norrie’s first ATP Tour semi-final appearance since the summer of 2019 when he lost in the semi-finals in Atlanta. The 25-year-old will look to book his place in his first Tour level final since January of 2019 when he made the final in Auckland, the city in which he grew up.
Contrasting styles will be on display in this semifinal, with Korda’s big serving, heavy hitting style up against Norrie’s counter punching never say die attitude. This will be the pair’s first meeting on the ATP Tour.