World No. 38, and number eight seed, Sebastian Korda of the USA, will take on qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands, the world number 69, in the second round of the 2021 St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday, October 27. Get the live streaming options of this Sebastian Korda v Botic van de Zandschulp match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Sebastian Korda v Botic van de Zandschulp Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between the 21 year old American, and the Dutchman, who is five years older.
Korda Made to Work by Wildcard
Korda is looking to find some form ahead of his upcoming appearance in the Nextgen ATP Finals in Milan.
On paper, he could hardly have hoped for an easier first round opponent than the Croat wildcard Nino Serdarusic, but the world number 244 provided a sterner test than he might have imagined.
Although the first set went with serve, it was Korda who was under the greater pressure, and he was twice forced to save break points against him. Unfortunately for Serdarusic, he lost his two opening serves of the tie-break and there was no way back for him from there.
Again, the second set was largely dominated by serve until Korda managed to break the Croat to love. He gratefully served out next game, clinching victory with his third match point.
US Open Quarter-Finalist Van De Zandschulp
After years of relative obscurity spent playing on the junior tours, Van de Zandschulp announced himself to a wider audience at the US Open, where having come through the qualifying competition, he got all the way to the quarter-finals before losing to the eventual winner Daniil Medvedev, taking s se4t off the Russian.
He has struggled to replicate that success since, although he did qualify in Indian Wells before going out at the first round stage.
Yet again he was made to qualify in Russia, beating first the Australian Marc Polmans and then the Russian Evgeny Donskoy.
But, having made the main draw, he dominated his first round match with Yoshida Nishioka of Japan, the world number 82.
The Dutchman drew first blood with an early break, and then consolidated that with another to take the first set.
A sequence of three games against serve in the middle of the second serve left him a break up, and the win was secured when Yoshida, serving to stay in the match, was broken once more.
Korda v Van De Zandschulp Prediction and Tip
Whilst Van De Zandschulp has made a habit of producing surprise results in recent months, Korda will be ready for him, and has the benefit of an extra day’s rest under his belt as well.