Sebastian Korda calls Rafael Nadal’s ‘easy’ injury comebacks FUNNY as he dwells on his spell on the sidelines

Korda expressed his admiration for Rafael Nadal who has dealt with several injuries throughout his career but made comebacks to tennis and still played with the same pace.


Sebastian Korda calls Rafael Nadal’s ‘easy’ injury comebacks FUNNY as he dwells on his spell on the sidelines

L-Rafael Nadal, R-Sebastian Korda (Images via Aljazeera/Arab News)

American Sebastian Korda made a comeback to professional tennis at the 2023 Madrid Open after being sidelined for over three months due to a wrist injury. He started this year on a strong note by reaching the final of the Adelaide International 1 in January, where he fell to Novak Djokovic. The 22-year-old then made it to his first Grand Slam quarterfinals at the 2023 Australian Open, but during his match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov, he picked up a wrist injury and retired mid-match.

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After a three-month absence, he played in the Madrid Open, but his advancement beyond the Round of 64 was hindered by Hugo Grenier. And despite a hard-fought match against Roman Safiullin, he couldn’t make it to the Round of 32 at the 2023 Italian Open. Korda then faced another upset at the 2023 French Open when was kicked out by Sebastian Ofner in the second round.

At present, the American is participating in the Queen’s Club Championships. Since his return to competitive tennis, reaching the semi-final has been his best so far. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Britain’s Cameron Norrie in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) and is all set to face top-seed Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-final on Saturday (June 24). After he triumphed over Norrie, Korda expressed his admiration for the legendary Rafael Nadal, who has dealt with several injuries throughout his career but made comebacks to tennis and still played at the same pace.

It’s extremely difficult to overcome an injury and come back from it. Sometimes it’s even funny to see Nadal and the ease with which he has come out of it throughout his career, coming back with the same pace as before. It’s the first time I have been injured for such a long time, so I think I’ve learned a lot from that experience, although it was very difficult for me,” Sebastian Korda said at the press conference (via welovetennis.fr).

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Sebastian Korda’s head-to-head record with Carlos Alcaraz

Sebastian Korda's head-to-head record with Carlos Alcaraz
L-Carlos Alcaraz R-Sebastian Korda (Images via Arab News)

The 22-year-old Sebastian Korda defeated the likes of Dan Evans, Frances Tiafoe, and Cameron Norrie in the previous rounds of the 2023 Queen’s Club Championships. He can face his toughest match of the tournament in the semifinals against Carlos Alcaraz.

Spanish sensation Alcaraz has faced Sebastian Korda three times in the past. The 20-year-old leads the head-to-head record by 2-1.

Their first meeting was at the Next Gen ATP Finals where Alcaraz defeated the American in straight sets. They then met at the Monte-Carlo Masters last year where it was Korda who defeated the former World No.1 in three sets. Alcaraz then went on win their last encounter, at the 2022 French Open.

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