ATP roundup: Sebastian Korda reaches Astana final

The fifth-ranked seed. Sebastian Korda overcame adversity to reach the final of the Astana Open. He will compete against the number six seed from France, Adrian Mannarino, for the championship on Tuesday in Kazakhstan.

In the first semifinal on Monday, Korda prevailed against Hamad Medjedovic of Serbia 6-7 (8), 7-6 (2), and 7-6 (3) in a match that lasted 2 hours and 49 minutes. Korda (18 aces) and Medjedovic (16 aces) maintained serve for the entirety of the match, with the American coming out on top in terms of total points won with a score of 122-112.

Mannarino, a three-time tour champion who won 6-4, 6-2 against Austria’s Sebastian Ofner on Monday, is the player who stands in the way of Korda winning his second ATP title. Mannarino converted all four of his breakpoint opportunities and won the match relatively easily.

China in the Open. In Beijing, the top-ranked player in the world, Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, defeated the seventh-seeded player in the tournament, Casper Ruud of Denmark, by scores of 6-4 and 6-2.

By breaking Ruud’s serve four times and ending with 30 wins to 14 unforced mistakes, Alcaraz overcame an early 0-3 disadvantage and increased his record to 12-1 in the quarterfinals this season. Ruud’s service was broken three times.

After that, Alcaraz will take against No. 6 seed Jannik Sinner of Italy, who defeated Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in three sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-2). Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Alexander Zverev of Germany, seeded second and eighth, respectively, will compete against one another in the other semifinal. On Monday, Zverev won a three-set match against Nicolas Jarry of Chile with a score of 6-3, 6-7 (5), and 6-1.

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