Fixture: Sebastian Korda vs Pedro Martinez Portero
Date: 2 October 2020
Tournament: Roland Garros 2020
Round: Third round (Round of 32)
Venue: Paris, France
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Red clay
Prize money: Approx. €38,000,000
Match timing: Approx. 1 pm CEST, 4.30 pm IST
Live telecast: USA - NBC / Tennis Channel | India - Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar VIP
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Sebastian Korda vs Pedro Martinez preview
Sebastian Korda, a qualifier at Roland Garros 2020, has made heads turn with his excellent performances in Paris this week.
The American didn't lose a single set through three rounds of qualifying, before coming up against Italy's Andreas Seppi in the main draw. Korda beat him in four sets, progressing with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 scoreline.
Korda was just as impressive against No. 21 seed John Isner, winning 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to make it to a Grand Slam Round of 32 for the first time in his career.
The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the most promising youngsters on tour, having won the the junior Australian Open title in 2018.
Korda takes on Pedro Martinez Portero, another qualifier, in the third round at Roland Garros. Martinez's journey in Paris this week has been just as astounding as Korda's.
He lost just one set through three qualifying rounds, before beating Aleksandar Vukic in the main draw. He then came up against the experienced Mikhail Kukushkin in the Round of 64.
Martinez saved his best for that encounter, cruising to a 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 victory against the Kazakh.
Sebastian Korda vs Pedro Martinez head-to-head
Sebastian Korda and Pedro Martinez have never met on tour so far. Their head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.
Sebastian Korda vs Pedro Martinez prediction
While Sebastian Korda's serve is not among the biggest, it still helps him win easy points with its accuracy. The American fired seven aces in the second round, while also winning 72% of his first-serve points.
Korda also has a strong forehand which he uses very well to deploy his aggressive style of play. Son of former Australian Open champion Petr Korda, Sebastian seems to be well on his way to following in his father's footsteps.
Pedro Martinez on his part also has a pretty solid serve. The Spaniard has the ability to hit deep groundstrokes from the baseline, but his approach is a little more defensive than Korda's.
Martinez is likely to sit back and let the American take the initiative, with the aim of extracting errors from Korda. But that is a strategy fraught with risk.
Prediction: Sebastian Korda to win in four sets.Published 01 Oct 2020, 17:24 IST