Korda Leads Trio Of #NextGenATP Stars Into Roland Garros Main Draw

Sebastian Korda was one of three #NextGenATP stars to advance to the Roland Garros main draw for the first time on Friday.

The 20-year-old, son of former World No. 2 Petr Korda, booked his place in the first round in Paris with a 7-5, 6-2 triumph against Aslan Karatsev. Korda broke the seventh-seeded Russian on five occasions to claim victory in 90 minutes on Court 7.

The American will make his second straight appearance in a Grand Slam main draw, following his debut at the level at this year’s US Open. Korda pushed eventual quarter-finalist Denis Shapovalov to four sets in the first round.

After failing to qualify in each of his three previous Grand Slam appearances last year, 21-year-old Jurij Rodionov will make his main draw debut at a major championship in Paris. The Austrian, who claimed two ATP Challenger Tour trophies earlier this year, defeated countryman Sebastian Ofner 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and 18 minutes.

Tomas Machac, who was competing in his first Grand Slam qualifying draw, overcame Frederico Ferreira Silva 7-6(6), 6-4. The 19-year-old Czech also claimed straight-sets wins against Julian Lenz and Go Soeda earlier this week.

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After surviving a final-set tie-break in the second round, Jack Sock completed a successful qualifying campaign in the French capital with a 7-6(5), 7-6(4) victory against Andrey Kuznetsov

The former World No. 8 landed 13 aces and struck 31 winners against the Russian to qualify in just under two hours. Sock will compete in the first round in Paris for the first time in two years and will be aiming to record his first main draw victory at the event since 2016.

The 2017 Rolex Paris Masters champion is unbeaten in qualifying matches in the French capital. On his tournament debut in 2013, the 6’3” right-hander won four matches from qualifying without dropping a set to reach the second round. Sock’s best run in Paris came in 2015, when he pushed Rafael Nadal to four sets in the Round of 16. 

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Marco Cecchinato, the 2018 semi-finalist, successfully navigated qualifying in Paris for the first time in four attempts. The Palermo native, who fell in qualifying in 2014, 2015 and 2017, raced past Kimmer Coppejans 6-1, 6-2 to qualify without dropping a set this week.

The fifth seed broke serve on five occasions to earn his spot in the main draw after one hour. Cecchinato owns a 5-3 record in the main draw in Paris, with all of those wins coming during his run to the last four in 2018. Cecchinato stunned Pablo Carreno Busta, David Goffin and Novak Djokovic in consecutive matches to reach his maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the event.

Michael Mmoh will also make his debut in the first round at Roland Garros this year. The 22-year-old recovered from a set down to beat Renzo Olivo 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen qualified for the second straight year. The World No. 135 completed his qualifying campaign with a 7-5, 6-1 victory against Daniel Elahi Galan. Nikola Milojevic found himself a set down for the third straight match, but continued his streak of comeback wins to beat Leonardo Mayer 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3.

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