Korda Holds Off Shelton To Reach First Masters SF In Shanghai, Will Meet Hurkacz
“It’s super cool,” Korda told the ATP. “I played a really high level. Ben did as well, so I think it was a really high level. We had a lot of great points out there and hopefully it’s the first of many battles that we play against each other.
“He’s such an electric tennis player and it was a lot of fun to share the court with him today.”
Korda let slip a 4-2 lead in the third, he led 6-1 in the breaker, and he missed on additional break points but held off his fellow American to continue to strong run of late. Since the US Open, Korda is 10-2 with three straight semifinals or better.
Shelton, who won five straight points from 6-1 down in the breaker, slammed 15 aces and twice came from 15-40 down in the third set to hold. This was his first Masters quarterfinal.
“I’m just thankful to stay calm,” said Korda. “I played some bad points but I always believed in myself, even at 6/6. I just thought about putting the return in the court, somehow getting my racquet on it and luckily I finished it off then.”
In the semifinals, he’ll face Hubert Hurkacz who also came from a set down in his semifinal. The Polish men’s No. 1 defeated 24-year-old Hungarian Fabian Marozsan 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Hurkacz hammered 18 aces and only face one break point after the first set.
“He came with some really great shots, and I just needed to stay positive and keep committing to the gameplan,” said Hurkacz. “To be aggressive, because if I dropped anything short he was just taking advantage of it and coming with some really incredible shots. I knew I had to stay on point today.”
Hurkacz reaches his 15th career tour semifinal, first since Cincinnati. It’s his sixth Masters semifinal.
The quarterfinals conclude on Friday wit No. 5 Andrey Rublev squaring off against No. 32 Ugo Humbert. Rublev has the better of Humbert 2-1 in their tour-level clashes winning earlier this year at Indian Wells.
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