Fixation: Sebastian Korda vs. Mathias Bourgue
Dated: January 28, 2021
Tournament: Open Quimper Bretagne 2021
Round: Second round (round of 16)
Location: Quimper, France
Category: ATP Challenger
Area: Indoor hard court
Prize money: € 88,520
Sebastian Korda vs Mathias Bourgue preview
Sebastian Korda survived a first-round scare at the Quimper Challenger, coming back 1-5 in the tiebreak before finally outliving Tristan Lamasine.
Korda won 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (7) in a grueling 150-minute encounter and will now face another Frenchman in the form of Mathias Bourgue. Bourgue, 214th, beat Lukas Rosol in straight sets in his first round.
Given his recent performance at the Delray Beach Open – where he finished as a runner-up – Sebastian Korda had to go through his opener in Quimper. But it was not to be while Tristan Lamasine was playing one of the matches of his life, before being betrayed by his nerves in the last stages of the match.
Korda, 20, is the second seed in the event and is among the favorites to win the title. Anything less would be a disappointment for the youngster, who skipped Australian Open qualifying earlier this month.
Mathias Bourgue tried his luck in qualifying but failed at the last hurdle, where he lost to Botic Van de Zandschulp. The Frenchman isn’t a well-known name on tour, with his only major achievement being making the second round of the 2016 French Open – where he notably took finalist Andy Murray to five sets.
Mathias Bourgue is not very prolific on the Challenger Tour either, having only played five finals in his career. But the 27-year-old is playing well at the moment, as evidenced by his solid performance against Lukas Rosol.
Bourgue delivered seven aces against the Czech and hasn’t lost a serve once. Another indication of his form is the fact that the Frenchman faced a single breakpoint the entire game.
Sebastian Korda vs Mathias Bourgue face to face
The face to face between Sebastian Korda and Mathias Bourgue is currently 0-0; it will be their first meeting on tour.
Prediction Sebastian Korda vs Mathias Bourgue
Young Sebastian Korda has given several glimpses of his talent so far in 2021, and hopes to continue his good form. Armed with a wide range of groundstrokes and the unique ability to hit flat even from far down the court, Korda can injure anyone on tour.
But Mathias Bourgue is a solid returner, and one will expect him to ask about Korda’s serve – which was a bit inconsistent against Tristan Lamasine. The Frenchman is also hoping his own delivery holds up, just as he did against Lukas Rosol.
Korda is not known for his patience, and some consistent service play from Bourgue could cause the American to rush his shots. That said, Korda has a broader skill set than his opponent and the Frenchman can be expected to come out on top eventually.
Prediction: Sebastian Korda wins in three sets.
Posted Jan 27, 2021 6:19 PM IST