Two ATP 250 serve as a prelude to Roland Garros. This week, the previous one to the traditional Grand Slam in Paris, there are two men’s tournaments that end on Saturday, just one day before the start of the Australian Open. Y in Parma the finalists were defined: Sebastian Korda and Marco Cecchinato.
On Italian soil, on clay, as in Belgrade II, with Novak Djokovic, world No. 1 and great favorite, a special title is at stake. Korda, son of Petr, former world No. 2 and 1998 Australian Open champion, is the name to follow.
The 20-year-old American, son of the well-remembered Czech, won the compatriots’ duel against Tommy Paul 6-3, 6-3 and thus advanced to his second ATP final, in search of his first title on the major circuit.
In 2021, Korda reached his first final, in Delray Beach, on hard surface, and now he is trying to lift the first professional cup. Figure N ° 63 in the world rankings and still did not reach 20 triumphs on the tour, ranking as Top 60 for the first time next Monday.
His opponent will be Cecchinato, who beat Spanish Jaume Munar 7-6 (2), 1-6 and 6-1. The Italian received an invitation to this event in his country and is now 104th, having been Top 20 and semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2018, when he defeated Djokovic.
This duel will be the first between Korda and Cecchinato and right in a final.