Rod Laver names Sebastian Korda favorite for Australian Open elimination, NOT Novak Djokovic

Australian tennis icon Rod Laver has revealed that rising star Sebastian Korda is now his favorite to win the Australian Open.

Laver, who is one of the greatest players of all time, has backed the 22-year-old giant killer to go all the way after seeing him face off against Daniil Medvedev on Friday night.

Australian tennis icon Rod Laver believes rising star Sebastian Korda is now the favorite to win the Australian Open

Australian tennis icon Rod Laver believes rising star Sebastian Korda is now the favorite to win the Australian Open

Laver, who is one of the greatest players of all time, has backed the 22-year-old giant killer to go all the way after seeing him face off against Daniil Medvedev on Friday night

Laver, who is one of the greatest players of all time, has backed the 22-year-old giant killer to go all the way after seeing him face off against Daniil Medvedev on Friday night

Korda, the son of 1998 Australian Open winner Petr, has had a stellar start to the season in which he almost beat Novak Djokovic in the Adelaide International final.

“There’s a guy – I think Korda. He beat Medvedev (on Friday evening). And I think he’s one of your next champions out there,” Laver said.

“There are four or five others who are 18, 19 and they’re gaining the experience and getting to play down here.”

The eleven-time Grand Slam star sees a bright future for the young American.

Korda, the son of 1998 Australian Open winner Petr, has had a stellar start to the season in which he almost beat Novak Djokovic in the Adelaide International final

Korda, the son of 1998 Australian Open winner Petr, has had a stellar start to the season in which he almost beat Novak Djokovic in the Adelaide International final

“He was a great young player,” Laver said.

“Once you get past playing some of those players who were also running (that’s one thing) but then when you’re up against Medvedev and you’re still performing and competing – you’re ready to put in the effort. I think I understand he goes a long way.’

Medvedev, who was suggested by many to leave the tournament this year, was also impressed by the young star.

“His game is somehow different from everyone else because he takes the ball very aggressively and very early,” said the Russian after the defeat.

“Maybe a bit like Novak (Djokovic). But yeah, not every player is capable of that, so that’s nice and all.

Medvedev, who is being advised by many to be eliminated from the tournament this year, was also in awe of the young star who knocked him out of the tournament

Medvedev, who is being advised by many to be eliminated from the tournament this year, was also in awe of the young star who knocked him out of the tournament

Korda says he loves visiting Australia and his match against Medvedev is one of his best ever.

“Probably one of the better games I’ve played in my career,” Korda said.

“I just stuck to the game plan and continued to follow it. No matter what happened, keep pushing forward.’

Korda has previously reached fourth rounds at Wimbledon and the French Open and now meets Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in a Final 16 game on Sunday.

Holger Rune (pictured) has stated he wants to pursue his dreams at the Australian Open this year and has booked a fourth-round clash with Andrey Rublev at Melbourne Park

Holger Rune (pictured) has stated he wants to pursue his dreams at the Australian Open this year and has booked a fourth-round clash with Andrey Rublev at Melbourne Park

Canada's Auger-Aliassime is in the last 16 of the tournament for the third consecutive season, playing Czech Jiri Lehecka for a spot in the quarterfinals

Canada’s Auger-Aliassime is in the last 16 of the tournament for the third consecutive season, playing Czech Jiri Lehecka for a spot in the quarterfinals

Two other youngsters competing in an outstanding tournament are Holger Rune, 19, and Félix Auger-Aliassime, 22.

Rune has stated he wants to pursue his dreams at the Australian Open this year and has booked a blockbuster fourth-round clash with Andrey Rublev at Melbourne Park.

Canada’s Auger-Aliassime is in the last 16 of the tournament for the third consecutive season, playing Czech Jiri Lehecka for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas is one to watch this year and will face Italy’s Jannik Sinner on Sunday in his quest for a first Grand Slam at the Australian Open.

Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas is one to watch this year and will face Italy's Jannik Sinner on Sunday in his quest for a first Grand Slam at the Australian Open

Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas is one to watch this year and will face Italy’s Jannik Sinner on Sunday in his quest for a first Grand Slam at the Australian Open

Tsitsipas has a 4-1 record against Sinner, including a quarter-final win in straight sets at last year’s Open.

Melbourne’s strong ties to the Greek community are well known, and Tsitsipas has often commented on how much he enjoys the trip Down Under.

The Greek No.1 is having so much fun in Australia this year that he is considering a move to Melbourne.

“If there are any real estate agents or agencies, please let me know,” he told the crowd after his last straight set win over Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor.

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