TennisSection previews the 2021 San Diego Open as Lorenzo Sonego (9) takes on Sebastian Korda in the Round of 16 on Thursday, September 30th, 2021.
Will Lorenzo Sonego move on? Will Sebastian Korda pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have two next-gen stars clashing. Who will move on to the quarterfinals at the 2021 San Diego Open?
Sebastian Korda played a tough match to set up this meeting with Lorenzo Sonego. He took out Paul in 3 sets, playing some pretty good tennis overall to get through it. He has a good shot at the upset here, and I very well think he could pull it off. Korda has a really good game for hard courts, and I would say it for sure has more potential than Sonego’s on this surface. Even now, at their respective bests. I would say Korda has the edge for sure, his groundstrokes are overall better, especially his backhand, and his service is very good when it’s on. I expect a close tussle here, but Korda has the big game to take on Sonego and fight for a spot in the quarterfinals at the 2021 San Diego Open.
Lorenzo Sonego played some great tennis to get through Basilashvili, to take him out was very impressive, although, his opponent did not bring his best level, and Sonego did get lucky in that regard. It will be a tougher task having to take on Korda, who just got a win himself and is looking to take him out. It’s an interesting matchup, with both players playing a similar version of each other’s game. Korda is more off the ground with lots of power and going for winners, and Sonego is a little more movement based, looking to run around to hit lots of forehands and get into some long rallies. The court could benefit both styles, but ultimately, I think the winner will be the more aggressive player, and I think that will be Korda, let’s see if he can pull off the upset to move on here at the 2021 San Diego Open.
Sebastian Korda and Lorenzo Sonego have met twice before, with the head to head being tied at 1-1. Both meetings came this year, with Sonego taking the first one rather easily on indoor hardcourts, and Korda taking the more recent one also rather easily on a clay court. Both are weird outcomes, as clay is Sonego’s best surface and indoor hardcourt is maybe Korda’s. This court has a pretty nice mix of both elements, but ultimately I think it favors Korda more, and I just expect him to serve very well and take advantage of his opportunities, let’s see if he can take out Sonego in a tight match and pull off the upset here at the 2021 San Diego Open.
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