Korda following in family footsteps
World No.31 Sebastian Korda, whose father Petr lifted the 1998 title on the same court, rubber stamped his progress with a 7-6(7), 6-3, 7-6(4) triumph to outmanoeuvre 2022 finalist Daniil Medvedev.
"It was an unbelievable match. I knew what I had to do, stuck with it, even when I went up and down with the emotions. I'm thrilled right now, I played amazing," said an elated Korda, who also won the juniors title in Melbourne in 2018.
"Five years! I've grown up a little bit! I love playing in Australia, my family loves playing in Australia, we've had a lot of awesome moments here.
"My mum's career high (in tennis) was No.24, my dad was No.2, Nelly my sister was No.1 (in golf), my oldest sister Jessica was No.6 (golf). So I'm definitely the worst athlete in the family so far."
Korda, mentored by a certain Andre Agassi, will look to continue his best Australian Open campaign in the last 16 versus Hubert Hurkacz. The Pole denied Denis Shapovalov the comeback 7-6(3), 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3.