Nakashima, 18, Reaches Delray Beach Quarter-finals In ATP Tour Debut

#NextGenATP American Brandon Nakashima continued to turn heads with his all-court game on Wednesday at the Delray Beach Open by The 18-year-old wild card, competing in his debut ATP Tour event, raced past British qualifier Cameron Norrie 7-5, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, Nakashima’s newly appointed coach, watched in the stands as the teenager used powerful groundstrokes to stay on top of Norrie in their rallies. With Norrie serving at 5-6 in the opening set, the wild card cracked a 95mph forehand winner to earn two set points and then laced a backhand passing shot to grab the early advantage.

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Nakashima continued to raise his level as Norrie became visibly frustrated. He dropped just six points on serve in the second set and converted both break points to prevail in one hour and 22 minutes. He is the youngest quarter-finalist at this event since an 18-year-old Kei Nishikori took the title in 2008 and the fourth-youngest in tournament history.

WHAT a debut 🤩

18-year-old Nakashima is into the @DelrayBeachOpen QF, overcoming Norrie 7-5 6-2 👏

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— ATP Tour (@atptour) February 19, 2020

Awaiting him in the next round is Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka, who eased past American qualifier Noah Rubin 6-1, 6-2. Nishioka only lost seven points on serve (32/39) and didn’t offer Rubin a break point.

South Korean Soonwoo Kwon outlasted American wild card Ryan Harrison in a thrilling 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(0) battle. Kwon let slip two match points with Harrison serving at 4-5 in the final set, but recovered to prevail in two hours and 39 minutes. The 22-year-old is through to his third quarter-final this month, having also reached the last eight in Pune and New York.

Fourth seed Reilly Opelka headlines the evening session in an all-American clash with Mackenzie McDonald.


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Zeballos/Granollers Advance In Rio

Third seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos made a statement in their first-round match on Wednesday at the Rio Open presented by Claro, breaking Juan Ignacio Londero and Albert Ramos-Vinolas five times for a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 victory. Last year's US Open finalists will take on Maximo Gonzalez and Fabrice Martin in the next round.

Roman Jebavy and Igor Zelenay rallied to defeat Marcelo Demoliner and Matwe Middelkoop 5-7, 6-3, 10-8. They'll now turn to their attention to a quarter-final clash with second seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo.


At the Open 13 Provence, Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic needed 73 minutes to move past Pune finalists Jonathon Erlich and Andrei Vasilevski 6-3, 7-5. The second seeds will face Frederik Nielsen and Tim Puetz for a place in the championship match.

Nielsen and Puetz converted four of eight break points to beat Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-7(3), 10-8. After failing to convert match point at 5-4 in the second set, Nielsen and Puetz rallied from 4/7 down in the Match Tie-break to reach the semi-finals.

Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin also advanced, beating Hubert Hurkacz and Gilles Simon 7-6(5), 6-4. The fourth seeds will meet Nicolas Mahut and Vasek Pospisil in the quarter-finals. Mahut and Pospisil saved six of seven break points to defeat French wild cards Arthur Cazaux and Harold Mayot 7-5, 6-1.

At the Delray Beach Open, Marcelo Arevalo and Jonny O’Mara defeated third seeds Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald for the second straight week. Adding to their success at last week’s New York Open, Arevalo and O’Mara broke serve on four occasions to claim a 6-4, 6-2 victory after 67 minutes.

Arevalo and O’Mara will meet face wild cards Christian Harrison and Dennis Novikov in the quarter-finals. The American pairing won 82 per cent of first-serve points (31/38) to defeat Dominic Inglot and Robert Lindstedt 6-4, 6-4.

Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak booked a quarter-final clash against top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. Sharan and Sitak recovered from a set down to beat Andre Goransson and Ugo Humbert 5-7, 6-4, 10-7. Five-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan advanced to the quarter-finals via walkover.


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After Next Gen Graduation, Humbert & Ruud Make Their Mark

With exciting tournament innovations and passionate fans, qualifying for the Next Gen ATP Finals is a major goal for all 21-and-under players.

But the appeal of competing in Milan is not only defined by experiences at the five-day event itself, with the number of success stories from previous tournament qualifiers continuing to grow. Two months after winning the event, both 2017 champion Hyeon Chung and 2018 titlist Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the semi-finals at the Australian Open.

This year, the class of 2019 has already found success at ATP Tour events. Ugo Humbert and Casper Ruud, who competed in separate groups in Milan last year, are the only men to have lifted maiden ATP Tour singles trophies in 2020. For the third straight year, finishing a season in Milan has proven to be an accurate indicator of future success.

“[Playing in Milan gave me] big confidence. It was a goal for me to be in Milan last year,” said Humbert in Auckland. “The year before, I missed it by only one spot. I played against Frances Tiafoe, Mikael Ymer and Jannik Sinner. It was a great experience to play against them.”

Ugo Humbert Auckland 2020 trophy

Quickly building on his experience in Milan, Humbert captured his first title in his next tour-level event. The 21-year-old defeated three consecutive Top 25 players — #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov, John Isner and Benoit Paire — to lift the ASB Classic trophy in his first tour-level championship match.

“I worked hard for [this title] every day and I really wanted it,” said Humbert. “I did five good matches here against really good players, so that was great.”

Last week, Ruud joined Humbert in the 2020 first-time winners’ club with his title run at the Argentina Open. The Norwegian, who earned two Top 20 victories to open the year at the ATP Cup, dropped just one set en route to his maiden ATP Tour crown in Buenos Aires.

"It is what all players look for and dream [about]. I am very happy with my career, although I know that I am still young," said Ruud in Buenos Aires. "Buenos Aires will always be a special place for me. This is my first title."

Ruud Buenos Aires 2020 Trophy

With the troph

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Garin Continues Winning Ways In Rio

Cristian Garin is on track to finish this month as the king of the Latin Swing. The third-seeded Chilean maintained his winning streak on Wednesday by defeating Federico Delbonis 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals at the Rio Open presented by Claro.

Garin fired 22 winners en route to advancing in one hour and 37 minutes. The 23-year-old took the title two weeks ago in Cordoba (d. Schwartzman) and has prevailed in his past six matches.


Next up for the third seed is the winner of Wednesday’s night session match between Argentine qualifier Federico Coria and 16-year-old wild card Carlos Alcaraz, who prevailed in his ATP Tour debut on Monday night over fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Brazilian Thiago Monteiro, who upset fourth-seeded Argentine Guido Pella on Tuesday, kicks off the evening session against Hungarian lucky loser Attila Balazs.


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Felix Saves 2 M.P. In Marseille; Pospisil Moves Into Quarter-finals

Felix Auger-Aliassime saved two match points and did things the hard way on Wednesday at the Open 13 Provence. The seventh-seeded Canadian squandered a 5-2 lead in the first set and recovered from 4/6 down in the second-set tie-break en route to beating Stefano Travaglia 6-7(3), 7-6(6), 6-3 for a place in the second round.

Auger-Aliassime, who reached last week’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final (l. to Monfils), saved match points after Italian Travaglia hit a backhand into the net and a forehand wide on successive points. He broke in the fourth game and completed victory in two hours and 31 minutes with his 13th ace.

He will next play Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who struck 19 aces and lost five first-service points (43/48) in a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory over 2019 Marseille finalist Mikhail Kukushkin in one hour and 49 minutes.



Another Canadian, Vasek Pospisil, who returned to the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings (at No. 98) this week, booked his place in the quarter-finals earlier in the afternoon. Pospisil recorded his seventh victory in his past nine matches with a 6-3, 6-4 win over eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz in 88 minutes. The former World No. 25, who has experienced back problems over the past five years, saved four break points and lost eight of his first-service points (33/41).

The recent Open Sud de France runner-up will next face second seed and defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas or Mikael Ymer, who square off for the first time during the night session. 

Elsewhere, Egor Gerasimov hit 11 aces to beat fellow qualifier Dennis Novak 7-6(3), 6-3 in 83 minutes for a second-round meeting against third seed David Goffin.


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Bryan Brothers Receive Key To The City In Delray Beach

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have left an indelible mark on the Delray Beach Open by, winning the doubles title five times and playing to packed crowds every year. They were thanked for the impact they've had on the tournament by receiving a key to the city in a special ceremony on Tuesday night.

”Thanks for this prestigious key. If there’s something missing from your house tonight, it’s probably [because of] this,” joked Bob. “This is a very special place to us. It’s our hometown tournament, a lot of special memories.”


The Bryans are making their 13th appearance in Delray Beach. They played in the first year that the city hosted this event in 1999 and completed their most recent run to the title last year, marking their first ATP Tour team trophy since Bob underwent hip surgery in August 2018.

The top-seeded Americans will start their campaign on Wednesday night.


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