Sebastian Korda is attempting a career first on Saturday at the Mutua Madrid Open

Korda is the last American in contention going into the final weekend in Madrid
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The 2024 Mutua Madrid Open is winding down. Sebastian Korda is the only American left in any of the draws. Korda and Australian partner Jordan Thompson will vie for the men's doubles title on Saturday. Korda and Thompson have breezed through the doubles draw winning in straight sets in every round except for the semifinals against the 11th-seed team of Jamie Murray and Michael Venus when they won in a tiebreak.

Korda has never won an ATP doubles title. If the first one turns out to be at the Masters 1000 level in Madrid on the red clay, that is huge for his current doubles ranking of 185th in the world.

With the Olympics on Roland Garros clay, Korda continues to make a good case for himself to be selected for the American men's Olympic team. He is the fifth highest-ranked American in singles behind Taylor Fritz, Ben Shelton, Tommy Paul, and Frances Tiafoe. A doubles win in Madrid makes him an even stronger candidate.

Sebastian Korda is hoping to keep up with the Kordas

The Korda family is full of athletes. Sebastian's father, Petr, was an accomplished tennis player who had both singles and doubles success on the ATP Tour and ranked in the Top 10 in both specialties in the 1990s. He won 10 singles and 10 doubles titles including the 1998 Australian Open in singles and the 1996 Australian Open in doubles. His mother, Regina Rajchrtová, was a WTA tennis player ranked No. 26 in the world in 1991. Sebastian's sisters, Nelly, 25, and Jessica, 31, are world-class golfers. Nelly was a gold medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

There are no underachievers in the Korda family, and 23-year-old Sebastian is following in their footsteps. A Masters 1000 doubles win is a step in the right direction. It is no secret that American men have struggled playing on the European red clay so Sebastian would become the first American man to win a doubles title in Madrid since Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan claimed their fifth in 2013.

Watch Sebastian Korda and Jordan Thompson compete in the Mutua Madrid Open doubles final against Adam Pavlasek and Ariel Behar on Saturday, May 4 at 9:30 AM EDT.

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