“I think this tournament is a great stepping stone. I'm just going to keep working hard and I am looking forward to next year.”
Effective shot making, piercing serves, get-out-of-jail retrieval skills, Nakashima has assembled a pretty complete game ever since turning heads as a strong junior in 2018.
Last November, Nakashima fell in the Next Gen ATP Finals semi-finals, but head down, the American grafted to keep picking off plenty of notable results under the radar.
Take the Grand Slams. At the Australian Open he pushed Top 10 talent Matteo Berrettini to four sets. At Roland-Garros Nakashima hit the third round and was only halted by then world No.3 Alexander Zverev in three tight sets. Over to the lawns of Wimbledon and the American ventured into the second week, eventual finalist Nick Kyrgios escaping in five sets.