Rising American star Brandon Nakashima couldn’t hide his happiness and excitement after making his maiden ATP final in Los Cabos.
Nakashima, ranked at No. 134 in the world, beat fellow compatriot and No. 2 seed John Isner 7-5 6-4 in the Los Cabos semifinal.
Nakashima, 19, is having his debut campaign on the hard court of Los Cabos.
“It feels great. It’s definitely a big accomplishment for me,” Nakashima said, as quoted on the ATP website. “Of course all the Americans, we like to play in the [United States]. But it’s nice to see that I’m playing well outside the [United States]. Luckily it’s actually not too far from my home here. I’ve definitely been enjoying it a lot.”
Nakashima claimed a big win
Nakashima had the first break point of the match in the seventh game but Isner saved to go 4-3 up.
But Nakashima managed to break Isner four games later and in the 12th game he saved a break point en route to serving out for the opener.
After winning the first set, Nakashima broke Isner in the opening game of the second set.
The 19-year-old then held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a final ticket.
In the final, Nakashima will be battling No. 1 seed Cameron Norrie.
Norrie saw off Taylor Fritz 6-3 6-1 to reach his fourth ATP final of the season.
“It’s obviously very nice to be through to my fourth final [of the season]. I think it would be nice to go one step further, but I’m happy with the level I’m playing. I’m happy with the way I’ve approached the week, especially the first week on the hard courts,” Norrie said. “I’m really happy to be through to another final, especially here in Mexico. I love competing here, I love playing close to the beach. I enjoy my time here, so it’s cool to do that in front of the Mexican fans.”