World No. 63 Sebastian Korda of the USA, will take on Pedro Martinez of Spain, ranked 102nd in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Monday, May 31. Get the live streaming options of this Sebastian Korda v Pedro Martinez match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Sebastian Korda v Pedro Martinez Head to Head
The pair have met once before, in the third round of Roland Garros last year, Korda winning in straight sets.
Korda Claims Maiden Tour Win in Parma
Korda announced himself to the world by reaching the fourth round in Paris last October, eventually losing to Rafael Nadal.
He then proved that it was no flash in the pan by winning a Challenger event in Germany and then beginning 2021 by reaching his first senior ATP final, losing eventually to Hubert Hurkasz in Delray Beach.
Choosing to avoid the Australian Open, he won another Challenger event in Quimper, and underlined his credentials as an up and coming player with his first quarter final in a Masters 1000 event in Miami, where the men Korda beat included Fabio Fognini, Aslan Karatsev and Diego Schwartzman.
Switching to European clay, things initially did not go well for the 20 year old American and he lost his first three matches on the surface -in Belgrade, Munich, and in qualification for Madrid.
He improved slightly in Lyon, reaching the second round before losing to Lorenzo Musetti, but it was last week in Parma where he really came into his own, winning his first senior ATP tournament, without dropping a set, beating the Italian Marco Cecchinato in Saturday’s final.
Korda will be full of confidence that he can have another good run in Paris.
Spanish Clay Court Player Martinez
Like nearly all Spanish players, Martinez was brought up on clay, and has enjoyed a good degree of success on it playing the junior tours, reaching 18 finals, and winning nine of them, most recently on home soil in Marbella last November.
That was a month after his run to the third round of the French Open, the same stage he reached in Melbourne in February.
In terms of 2021 results, though, that was something of a high water mark for the Spaniard on the senior tour – he has not reached that stage of any tournament since.
His clay court season began in Andalucía where he was beaten in the first round. He successfully qualified for Monte Carlo, but then lost in the first round again, going one better in Estoril, again after coming through the qualifying competition
Martinez failed to qualify for Madrid, however, before switching to the Challenger tour to play in two events for the match practice.
Returning to the senior tour last week, Martinez qualified in Parma, but having beaten the French veteran Gilles Simon in the first round, went down to his compatriot Richard Gasquet in his next match in a three setter.
Korda v Martinez Prediction and Tip
Korda, buoyed by his maiden ATP senior win in Parma, will come into this match full of confidence, and, given a favourable draw, will be hoping for another run deep into this tournament. The American beat the Spaniard easily in this event last year, and is heavily tipped to do so again.