Brandon Nakashima Makes Profitable Begin In Native San Diego | ATP Tour

Enjoying on the San Diego Open the second time, hometown favorite Brandon Nakashima gained an all-American #NextGenATP battle on Tuesday evening on the Barnes Tennis Middle.

Nakashima earned a 7-5, 7-6(5) win in opposition to 19-year-old wild card Zachary Svajda, his good pal who hails from the close by city of La Jolla. Nakashima saved three set factors at 4-5 within the second set and did not serve out the match at 6-5, however battled again from 3/5 within the tie-break to flee in straight units.

“It was a really robust match, proper from the start,” mentioned the 21-year-old American, who surrendered a break benefit thrice within the one-hour, 54-minute contest. “Zach is so proficient on the market, placing the ball very well. We’re good buddies off the court docket. We practise so much collectively right here in San Diego, so I knew it was going to be a tricky match right here at present.”

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The World No. 69 was victorious in his first aggressive match since a US Open third-round loss to Jannik Sinner, by which he gained the opening set earlier than bowing out in 4. After breaking into the High 50 of the Pepperstone ATP Rakings in July, Nakashima may rise as excessive as No. 44 by claiming his first ATP Tour title this week.

He reached the second spherical in his San Diego debut one 12 months in the past, claiming a comeback, three-set win in opposition to Fabio Fognini earlier than defeat in opposition to Andrey Rublev on the ATP 250.

The American is searching for to enhance upon his seventh-place place within the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan. He reached the semi-finals within the 2021 Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals earlier than a five-set loss to countryman Sebastian Korda.

Individuals Denis Kudla and Mitchell Krueger additionally superior in straight units on Tuesday. Kudla defeated Spanish wild card Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-3 to open the night session whereas Krueger downed countryman and fellow qualifier Christopher Eubanks 6-4, 6-4 to start out the day’s play.

Japan’s Taro Daniel denied the USA a clear sweep of Tuesday’s 4 singles matches with a 6-4, 6-3 victory in opposition to qualifier Emilio Nava.

In doubles motion, Marc-Andrea Huesler and Hunter Reese notched a 6-4, 6-4 win in opposition to Jonathan Eysseric and Artem Sitak on the stadium court docket, whereas the Brazilian workforce of Marcelo Demoliner and Marcelo Melo beat Max Schnur and John-Patrick Smith 6-3, 6-1 within the Grandstand.

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