Brandon Nakashima: ‘It Has Been A Nice Season For Me’ | ATP Tour

Brandon Nakashima made an inventory of objectives in the beginning of the season. Eleven months on and the American revealed that he had achieved his targets as he mirrored on his spectacular season after profitable the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals.

The 21-year-old American downed Jiri Lehecka within the Milan last on Saturday to spherical off a 12 months that additionally noticed him win his maiden tour-level title in San Diego and rise to a career-high No. 43 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

“I believe it has been an incredible season for me,” Nakashima mentioned following his straight-sets win. “I’ve undoubtedly discovered rather a lot each match and each event. At the start of the 12 months, I had some objectives. [One was] to win my first ATP title and to have the ability to do this in San Diego was tremendous particular. Then to complete off the 12 months right here profitable the title at Subsequent Gen is tremendous particular.

“I believe the entire 12 months for me has been very constant. I’ve such nice reminiscences each on and off the court docket and I am tremendous grateful for everybody that has been part of it.”

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Nakashima received all 5 of his matches on the 21-and-under occasion, which performs host to a variety of guidelines and improvements. The fourth seed feels that the event supplies the proper alternative for the Tour’s up and coming stars to make their mark.

“I believe this event is nice,” Nakashima mentioned. “Particularly the ATP organising it and the Italian Tennis Federation. I believe it is nice that each one the younger and upcoming gamers come collectively in a pleasant enjoyable format. I believe it actually exposes the youthful era as effectively with the media. I believe this event is a good stepping stone. [To be] blended will all of the previous champions is a good achievement. I am simply going to maintain working laborious and I’m trying ahead to subsequent 12 months.”

Nakashima is the fifth champion on the 21-and-under occasion, becoming a member of Hyeon Chung, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. The American believes his victory is reward for the laborious work he and his workforce have put in over the previous 12 months.

“I believe I’ve an incredible workforce with me right here,” Nakashima mentioned. “Eduardo [Infantino] has been nice this previous 12 months. He is sort of introduced us all along with Franco [Davin] and in addition with the health and physio. I am tremendous grateful for all of them. They work so laborious for me and simply to have the ability to share this second with all of them, the final event of the 12 months.”

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