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Sebastian Korda and the Runs That Make This French Open So Unpredictable

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PARIS — Roland Garros has gone down the rabbit hole this year, so it was perfectly logical that Sebastian Korda, who has three career ATP match victories, gushed on Friday that he would be “the happiest person on planet Earth” if his next opponent was Rafael Nadal, he of the 12 French Open titles.

The 20-year-old Korda, ranked No. 213, dispatched Pedro Martínez, ranked No. 105, by 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 on Friday to set up his fourth-round dreamscape against the second-ranked Nadal.

“I named my cat after him,” Korda said of Nadal, “so that explains a lot how much I love him.