Nakashima, Draper Set For First Assembly In Milan SFs


After 3 days of crew play on the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals, the semi-finals are set for Friday in Milan.

Team winners Brandon Nakashima and Dominic Stricker will each glance to take their robust shape into the knockout rounds after completing the round-robin level with easiest 3-0 information. The American will face Jack Draper in a Best 50 showdown whilst Stricker meets Jiri Lehecka, with each second-place finishers securing their growth with wins on Thursday.

We glance forward with previews of each marquee matchups on the Allianz Cloud.


[4] Brandon Nakashima (USA) vs. [3] Jack Draper (GBR)

One among two returning avid gamers in Milan, in conjunction with Lorenzo Musetti, Nakashima has matched his 2021 end result on the 21-and-under match by way of achieving the semis. Set to age out of the contest subsequent season, the skilled American has attacked this 12 months’s match with nice goal. He enters his assembly with Draper at the heels of 7 consecutive units gained; after a five-set victory in opposition to Italy’s Matteo Arnaldi in his opening tournament, he scored straight-sets wins in opposition to Lehecka and Francesco Passaro to seal his position atop the Inexperienced Team.

The fourth seed stepped forward with every round-robin tournament and used a dominant serving efficiency to ease previous Passaro on Thursday, 4-3(4), 4-2, 4-1, saving the one damage level in opposition to him. Nakashima’s dominance on his personal supply is demonstrated by way of his 8.6 Serve High quality ranking, a metric which makes use of various statistical inputs to measure a shot’s effectiveness on a 10-point scale.

Nakashima Serve Quality

“I believed my point was once actually excessive nowadays,” Nakashima stated after defeating Passaro. “It was once great to peer it wearing over from the day gone by. To return out and play like that was once tremendous particular.”

Whilst Nakashima had to win just one set in opposition to the Italian to ensure growth to the knockout rounds, Draper confronted a win-or-go-home matchup in opposition to domestic favorite Musetti on Thursday night. The Briton performed his perfect tournament of the week in a 4-1, 4-0, 4-3(3) win to disclaim the Italian a longer run in entrance of the Milan crowd.

“I love crowds, if they’re with me or now not,” Draper stated after the victory. “That is what I’ve sought after to do since when I used to be more youthful. I sought after to entertain other folks. Because of this I teach on a daily basis.”

He’s going to hope to revel in extra give a boost to as he seeks handy Nakashima his first lack of the week.

“Brandon’s clearly enjoying nice tennis,” the Briton stated, having a look forward to Friday evening’s tournament. “He is gained that crew, most sensible of the crowd, so after I play him the next day to come I do know it will be a actually difficult tournament. Confidently I will play the similar method I did nowadays.”


Draper didn’t face a damage level in opposition to Musetti and can intention to make use of his serve and robust flooring recreation to pin the American again at the slick arduous courts. However Nakashima’s recreation may be in line with aggression, with the American hitting his technique to his first ATP Excursion name previous this season in his domestic town of San Diego. 

Be expecting a heavy dose of first-strike tennis as each males search their first name in Milan. If their Pepperstone ATP Ratings are any indication, this one may pass all the way down to the twine: Nakashima is the International No. 49, whilst Draper sits at a career-high No. 41.

[7] Dominic Stricker (SUI) vs. [5] Jiri Lehecka (CZE)

Stricker didn’t simply live to tell the tale the loaded Pink Team — he thrived by way of incomes victories in opposition to the 2 highest-ranked avid gamers within the Milan box. However the Swiss’ wins didn’t come simply in opposition to Draper and International No. 23 Musetti.

In an all-lefty struggle, he edged Draper in 3 tie-breaks in spite of a one-for-seven mark on damage issues. Stricker adopted that up with a historical 4-3(5), 4-3(6), 3-4(7), 3-4(6), 4-3(3) win in opposition to Musetti wherein he fired a tournament-record 20 aces. The late-night mystery is the one tournament within the historical past of the development to function 5 tie-breaks.

With one eye at the semi-finals, his standing as crew winner secured after Day 2, Stricker finished his easiest crew marketing campaign with a dominant victory in opposition to Chun-Hsin Tseng on Thursday — no tie-breaks wanted.

“It was once now not simple for me to return out right here and play my perfect once more as a result of mentally, after all you might be already considering slightly extra of the next day to come, of the semis,” Stricker stated post-match. “However I feel treated it really well, I performed an excellent tournament and I am tremendous pleased with my efficiency. Now I will assume all about the next day to come.”


Lehecka secured his semi-final position with a straight-sets win in opposition to Arnaldi on Thursday. He beat two Italians to advance, incomes a gap win in opposition to Passaro on Tuesday, additionally in 3 units.

“After I got here right here, my function was once to qualify for the semi-finals after which the rest can occur,” the Czech stated after advancing to the knockout rounds. “I’m having a look ahead to the next day to come.”

The 21-year-old can draw from his enjoy of achieving the semis in Rotterdam, the place he got here thru qualifying to make a surprise run on the ATP 500 match, claiming his first tour-level wins within the procedure. Whilst he misplaced to 2019 Milan champ Stefanos Tsitsipas in that semi-final, Lehecka is now two wins clear of matching the Greek’s feat on the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals.

from Tennis – ATP International Excursion



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