“Complete Player”: Rafael Nadal Lauds His Fanboy Sebastian Korda Ahead of Citi Open 2021

Published 08/02/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his fourth round match against Sebastian Korda of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Fans are quite exhilarated to see World No. 3 Rafael Nadal at the Citi Open 2021. The Spaniard is returning to the court after almost two months and thus, the excitement in fans seems pretty high.

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In a recent interview, Rafael Nadal spoke extensively about American rising star, Sebastian Korda. He mentioned that Korda has got a really good and high serve and plays some brilliant shots from the baseline.

“[His game has a] good physical look, good serve, good shots from the baseline. I think he’s a great guy, [a] complete player. He has a lot of things to do in the next years in our sport,” said Nadal in the interview.

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Sebastian Korda of the U.S. in action during his fourth round match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Rafa seemed pretty impressed with Korda’s technique and gameplay. He highlighted that the American is a complete player and can achieve many big titles in the future.

Interestingly, Korda is a big fan of Rafa and has even named his cat after the 20-time Grand Slam champion. Thus, he will be quite pleased to hear such words from his idol.

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“Think he has all the things”- Rafael Nadal on Sebastian Korda

In the same interview, Rafa further added that if Korda plays the way he is playing, he can be one of the best players in the future. He believes that the American has the potential of becoming a top player and if he keeps improving, he is going to earn a big name in the sport one day.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021. Sebastian Korda of the U.S. in action during his first round match against Australia’s Alex de Minaur REUTERS/Paul Childs

“I think I always believed since I saw him play that he is going to have the chance to be one of the best players of the world. Let’s see. It’s always the same. I think he has all the things that he needs to definitely be a top guy. Of course, things are not easy and you need to keep improving. But I definitely believe, if you ask me, [that[ he [is] going to be a great one,” concluded the World No. 3 player.

These are some big words from Nadal. He must have seen something incredible in Korda because of which he said all these intriguing things about him. The American displayed some brilliant performance at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 as he lost only in the pre-quarters of the tournament.

Both Rafael Nadal and Sebastian Korda are playing at the Citi Open 2021. It’ll be interesting to watch if Korda manages to beat his idol at his home or not.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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