Rafael Nadal stormed into the quarter-finals of the French Open when he defeated American tennis player Sebastian Korda by 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth round of the tournament. Additionally, Nadal will play in his 14th quarter-final match at the Roland Garros.
With this win, Nadal is till now comfortable in his journey to the 13th title in Paris. Additionally, this was the 97th win in this tournament for the Spaniard. The world number two will now face Italian teenager Jannik Sinner on Tuesday.
Besides, Korda, who is a big fan of the Spaniard since his old days was in awe of him. Moreover, the American had all praise for Nadal. Additionally, Korda also owns a cat named after Rafa.
Nadal Had All Praise For Opponent Sebastian Korda
Meanwhile, Nadal too had all the praise for the 20-year old and believes that Korda will be an impressive player and one to look out for in the coming future. When asked about the performance by Korda and thoughts on him, Nadal said, “Well, he is able to take the ball early. He is especially able to do that with an amazing backhand. But I think the forehand is good too no?”
Moreover, Nadal explained, “Just he needs to adjust a few mistakes sometimes with the forehand. But he is able to take the ball early. He also takes the right position on the court. From inside the court, he is able to dominate the point, no?”
In addition to this, the 19 times Grand Slam winner also said, “So, yeah. I really believe that he is quite tall. So he can keep improving a little bit on the serve. And that I am sure he will. Yeah, I think the most difficult things he had. And now he is just a normal evolution that you need to go through. And I think he will go through that process quickly.”