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Arthur Cazaux, 603rd in the world, dominates Sebastian Korda in Madrid



Invited to play in the qualifying round of the Madrid Masters 1000, Arthur Cazaux (18 years old, 603rd in the world) managed to beat the 65th ranked player on the ATP rankings, Sebastian Korda (7-6 [3], 6-4) Saturday.

Arthur Cazaux created a sensation on Saturday in Madrid. Invited to play in the qualifying round of the Spanish Masters 1000, the 18-year-old Frenchman, ranked 603rd in the world, defeated American Sebastian Korda, ranked nearly 500 places ahead of him (65th), in two sets (7-6 [3], 6-4).

It’s a great victory, another step forward, » said Arthur’s coach, Boris Vallejo. He has had the opportunity to train with some very good players: Ugo Humbert, Lucas Pouille, Corentin Moutet, Richard Gasquet… Little by little, he got used to a rhythm of play with a very high intensity. Physically, he is ready to hold at this level.  »

Beaten badly in his first three matches on the main circuit, at the Marseille qualifier (6-1, 6-3 against Dennis Novak), at Roland Garros (6-1, 7-5 against Aslan Karatsev) and at Bercy (6-3, 6-1 against Marton Fucsovics) last year, Cazaux has proven that he has progressed tremendously in just a few months.

« He has the ability to not panic and to be good in key moments.

Boris Vallejo, Arthur Cazaux’s coach
In Bercy, he made a good start, but as soon as Fucsovics raised his level of play, he had trouble holding on and responding to stay in the game, » recalls Vallejo, who has been coaching him at the CNE since last summer. Today, he has more experience, more training habits with players of this level.  »

Very comfortable on clay, the 2020 Australian Open junior finalist broke his 20-year-old opponent at the start of each set. He was caught at 4-4 in the first set and at 2-2 in the second, but he didn’t panic, controlled the tie-break of the first set and managed to steal Korda’s serve once again to close out the match in less than an hour and a half.

He served very well when he had to and, tactically, he played well, which was very important, » said his coach. He has this ability not to panic and to be good in the key moments. « But there is no question of getting carried away in the Frenchman’s clan, who will face Australian Alexei Popyrin, ranked 77th in the world, on Sunday for a place in the main draw.

He’s a young player, he still has a lot to work out, » Vallejo said. But he has weapons: his movement, his endurance and his service. With that, he can get in the way of good players. In Quimper, he beat Rosol. There were signs of his ability to respond to the opposition of very good players. I wouldn’t say his average level is that of a Korda, but when he has a perfect game and the other guy gives him some space, he takes the opportunity. Mentally, he wants it badly.  »

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