Sebastian Korda kept his cool to knock down second seed John Isner 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 on Monday and reach the semi-finals of the ATP Delray Beach Open in Delray Beach, Fla.
Korda, ranked 119th in the world, was serving for the game when he fell 0-40 against his great compatriot.
But the former world junior number one struggled to book his first ATP semi-final in an hour and 51 minutes.
“I was very happy with the way I played this whole game,” Korda said of the clincher. “I mean, he played an incredible first three points.
“The way he played them, I was like ‘Too good’. I really couldn’t do anything, he came to the net, he played big balls, he played three points really well.
“I just stayed with that, I got a little more aggressive,” said the 20-year-old, who will face Briton Cameron Norrie for a place in the final.
Norrie ousted 2018 champion Frances Tiafoe 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.
“He fought really hard, and I managed to have some luck in the third set there with some net strings and some tight calls,” said Norrie. “Really lucky to pass. ”
Christian Harrison’s fairytale race continued with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 semi-final victory over Italy’s Gianluca Mager.
Harrison, ranked 789th in the world, had knocked down Chilean seed Cristian Garin to reach the quarter-finals and said it was “pretty incredible” to be in the bottom four.
His three match wins this week already surpass the two tour-level victories he had in the event, and he will try to add another when he faces fourth-seed Hubert Hurkacz for a place in the final.
Pole Hurkacz came forward with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ecuador’s Roberto Quiroz.
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