Individuals Korda, Nakashima cruise in Citi Open

Tennis

WASHINGTON — Sebastian Korda is lower than a month previous his twenty first birthday. Brandon Nakashima turned 20 on Tuesday. Each younger Individuals picked up straight-set victories on the Citi Open.

The Twelfth-seeded Korda, who’s coming off a fourth-round run at Wimbledon, moved into the second spherical on the hard-court occasion within the nation’s capital by beating Vasek Pospisil of Canada 7-5, 6-4.

Nakashima, a wild-card entry who was the runner-up in his previous two ATP appearances, defeated Alexei Popyrin of Australia 6-3, 6-3 in a first-round match.

Korda subsequent faces Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland. Nakashima’s opponent within the second spherical will probably be No. 6 seed Dan Evans of Britain.

Nakashima made it to the championship matches at Los Cabos, shedding to Cameron Norrie final month, and Atlanta, shedding to John Isner on Sunday. He’s the youngest U.S. man to achieve a number of tour finals since Andy Roddick made it to seven as a youngster from 2001-02.

Roddick would go on to achieve No. 1 within the rankings and win the 2003 U.S. Open, the final Grand Slam title for an American man.

Nakashima credit elevated self-belief and an improved serve with serving to his latest type.

“It is at all times robust, particularly while you’re enjoying the ultimate of 1 event after which having to bounce again the following day, or a pair days later, and play one other new event in opposition to one other prime participant,” stated Nakashima, who’s from San Diego. “I simply attempt to inform myself to only keep calm on the market, simply deal with what I do greatest. All these hard-court matches has helped me with my confidence in my recreation, figuring out that I can compete with all these prime guys if I convey my greatest recreation on the market.”

In different Day 2 motion, No. 2 seed Felix Auger-Alissime got here again to prime Andreas Seppi 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, No. 7 seed Cameron Norrie defeated Marcos Giron 6-4, 6-3, Steve Johnson eradicated Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3, 7-6 (0), Denis Kudla edged Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, Tennys Sandgren beat James Duckworth 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 and qualifier Elias Ymer bought previous Jordan Thompson 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

The event’s 2019 champion, Nick Kyrgios, was scheduled to face Mackenzie McDonald on Tuesday night time.

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