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PARMA, Italy — Sebastian Korda won his first ATP trophy with a straight-sets victory over Italian wild-card Marco Cecchinato at the Emilia-Romagna Open on Saturday.

Korda became the first American man in 11 years to lift a trophy on European clay, since Sam Querrey won in Belgrade in 2010.

Korda, 20, did not drop a set all week in Parma, carrying that run into the final to see off the 104th-ranked Cecchinato 6-2, 6-4 in 75 minutes.

Korda had lost the only other final he had contested, against Hubert Hurkacz at the Delray Beach Open in January.

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“This is something that I’ve dreamed of,” said Korda, who is ranked 63rd. “I really thought I was going to get it done in Delray Beach, and I was a little heartbroken.

“But I stayed positive, even with such a bad first part of the clay-court season. I took a couple of days off, recharged my batteries and had a really good practice week in Prague with my dad and my coach. I came back hungrier, and I’m playing some really good tennis now.”

Korda’s father is former second-ranked Petr Korda. They are the third father-son duo to win tour-level singles titles in the Open era, following in the footsteps of Ramanathan Krishnan and Krishnan and Phil and Taylor Dent.

Korda had never even won back-to-back main-draw matches on clay before arriving in Parma. But he had stormed through to the final and held his nerve despite being faced with a partisan home crowd.

He won 82% of points on his first serve and broke three times, including the decisive break at 5-4 on Cecchinato’s serve to clinch the title.

Korda also staved off the one break point he faced, late in the second set.

“Today I played a really tough opponent and the crowd wasn’t easy,” Korda said. “They kept cheering him on, but I’m really proud of myself and how I handled it.”


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