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Next Gen ATP Finals Allianz Cloud, Milan | 9-13 Nov. 2021
Korda Strikes Past Isner, Joins Fritz In Roland Garros Third Round
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Sebastian Korda records the biggest win of his career over John Isner on Wednesday at Roland Garros. © Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Sebastian Korda was all smiles on Wednesday when he recorded the biggest win of young career at Roland Garros.

The 20-year-old struck 46 winners to overcome fellow American John Isner, the No. 21 seed, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours and 26 minutes for a place in the third round.

"I'm over the moon," said Korda. "I'm super happy with the way I played, the way I stayed calm. I just played a really good match... I'm just looking forward to every single practice, every single match. [It]s been a good trip so far."

The #NextGenATP star, son of 1992 Roland Garros runner-up Petr Korda, hit seven aces and controlled the first two sets before Isner hit back with two service breaks in the third set. Korda, who took a 3-1 lead in the fourth set only to see Isner bounce back.

Having not won a tour-level match coming into Roland Garros, Korda booked his place in the third round when Isner hit a backhand return long. Korda will next challenge 23-year-old qualifier Pedro Martinez, who committed only seven unforced errors to sweep past Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 in one hour and 39 minutes.

When asked whether his family were watching, the World No. 213 admitted, "[My parents] watched the whole match. My sisters, as well. Everybody is pretty hyped up right now... We were all so happy. Just a great moment."

Elsewhere, No. 27 seed Taylor Fritz booked his place in the third round for the second time after he hit 16 aces, among 41 winners, in a comprehensive 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Radu Albot.

" I played really well today," said Fritz, who had beaten Tomas Machac in five sets on Sunday. "I like my chances if I can keep playing like that... I was definitely more sore than I thought I was going to be."

The 22-year-old American, who won 52 of 61 first-service points, now plays Lorenzo Sonego, who battled past Gael Monfils' conqueror, Alexander Bublik, 7-6(8), 6-1, 7-5 in two hours and 24 minutes. Sonego could not convert five set points on Bublik's serve at 5-4 in the first set, then saved three set points at 5/6, 6/7 and 7/8 in the tie-break.

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