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Korda closes in on Next Gen semi-finals, beats Baez

The American took himself to the brink of a spot in the final four with a straight-sets win

November 9, 2021, MILAN, ITALY: Sebastian Korda of Usa returns the ball during the match against Hugo Gaston of France on the first day of the Next Gen Atp Finals in Milan, Italy, 09 November 2021. The Next Gen Atp Finals runs from 09 November through 13 November || 212275_0003 2021 ATP milan PRESS sport tennis zlast24 zselect Zuma zwireservice zworld

Next Gen Finals | Draw | Order of play

Sebastian Korda closed in on a semi-final spot at the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals as he got past Sebastian Baez 4-3, 4-2, 4-2.

But it was the Argentinian who started the better, taking a 3-1 lead before the American hit back.

“It was very tricky at the beginning,” Korda said afterwards. “I came out with the wrong tactic as he was loving the pace I was giving him. I adapted really well, changed my game up as I started to come to the net more and sliced more. That was a decision I made. I am really happy with the way I played.”

Korda is now on the brink of qualification for the final four, and will seal it this evening if Hugo Gaston beats Lorenzo Musetti in the day’s final match.

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