‘I named my cat Rafa in his honor, I love Nadal’

Rafael Nadal he was playing his third round match with the Italian Stefano travaglia on the center court of Roland Garros. The Spaniard made the forecast good, overwhelming 6-1, 6-4 and 6-0 in 1h.35 ’.

A display of power that does not surprise who will be his next rival, who assured before the crossing took place that “I’m praying that he wins. So said the American Sebastian Korda in a press conference while the Balearic was cementing his victory.

Yes, the son of Czech tennis players Petr Korda, 1998 Australian Open champion and 1992 Roland Garros finalist, and Regina Rajchrtova, No. 26 in the WTA ranking in her day, she wanted to meet the king of Roland Garros and the clay.

Rafa Nadal is one of the reasons why I play tennis

Korda wants to feel up close what it means to measure up to the twelve-time champion, but also to compete with whoever he calls his “idol. He is one of the reasons I play tennis. He is an incredible competitor. I have the mentality of him to never give up ”.

The North American, 20 years old and number 213 in the world, comes from the previous phase and has eliminated Andreas Seppi, John Isner and Pedro Martínez
Goalkeeper. As a sign of his passion for Nadal, he explains between smiles that “I named my cat Rafa in his honor. It says a lot about how much I love this boy. “

On Sunday he will try to stop Rafa from playing cat and mouse with him in the Round of 16 at Roland Garros.

Sebastian Korda, in his third round match against Pedro Martínez