Brandon Nakashima overcame his good friend and fellow resident of Southern California, Marcos Giron, in the championship match of the San Diego Open on Sunday.
San Diego Native Brandon Nakashima Wins His First ATP Tour Event
The score of the match was 6-4 and 6-4. This victory was Nakashima’s first victory on the ATP Tour, and it took place in San Diego, the player’s hometown.
“To have it happen in my hometown with all of my friends and family here is a moment I’ll never forget,” said Nakashima, who had previously made two appearances in the finals.
Happening In My Hometown in Front of Family and Friends
“It’s something you dream of, but to have it happen in my hometown with all of my friends and family here, it’s a moment I’ll never forget.” Nakashima continued by saying, “It’s very fantastic, the kind of stuff you dream about.”
“It is my sincere wish that the future holds a great deal more opportunities similar to the present.” Nakashima, who is now 21 years old, was born and raised in San Diego and spent a significant amount of time practicing at the location of the tournament as a junior.
Nakashima gained the lead in the match after winning the first set in less than thirty minutes and gaining the advantage. The duration of the second set, which was over an hour long and included many prolonged rallies, was exactly sixty minutes.
Giron Couldn’t Stop Nakashima’s Groundstrokes and Serves
Giron, a previous NCAA champion from UCLA who started the tournament as the No. 5 seed, was unable to defend himself against Nakashima’s steady groundstrokes and well-placed serves.
As a result, Giron was eliminated from the competition. At the conclusion of the match, Nakashima had eight aces to his name, six of which came in the first set. When Nakashima was serving at 5-4 in the second set, the match was decided by the points that Nakashima earned after Giron hit an easy volley into the net.
These points proved to be vital for Nakashima. After then, Nakashima scored an ace on his second serve, which followed what had happened.
He Was an American Open Competitor
At the beginning of September, he competed in the United States Open and received $93,090, which was around half of what he got for his performance.
He ended in the third round. Nakashima, who was previously ranked No. 69 on the ATP Tour, went up to the No. 48 place, which is his greatest rating in almost three years on tour. This is his best rating since he began competing on the ATP Tour.
Despite losing the loss, Giron moved up from the 58th spot to the 53rd position in the rankings. Not only did one American take home the trophy for the singles competition, but two Americans took home the hardware for the double’s competition as well.
Our Finishing Line
The title match was won by the pair of Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow, who were seeded second. They beat the Australian team of Jason Kubler and Luke Saville by scores of 7-6 (5) and 6-2. Lammons was also victorious in the singles competition.
The doubles title was taken home by Jackson Withrow. The tournament, which was worth $612,00, took place at the Barnes Tennis Center.
After that, from October 8-16, the venue will serve as the home of the WTA 500 San Diego Open, which has a prize pool of $757,900.
This will comprise sixteen of the top twenty most successful women professionals in the globe, with Igga Swiatek, who is now rated first, serving as the head of the pack.