Nakashima Defeats Lehechka Again To Become The Next Generation Champion

Nakashima Defeats Lehechka Again To Become The Next Generation Champion

MILAN (AP) — Brandon Nakashima posted a perfect record in Milan to claim the ATP Next Gen Finals Trophy on Saturday.

Nakashima won 4-3(5) 4-3(6) 4-2 in just 80 minutes. The American won the title with the first of her three championship points when Lehechka hit her shot forehand too long.

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Fourth-seeded Nakajima won the first five matches of the tournament for players in the top 21 and below, including a straight-sets win over Czechs own Lejecka in the group stage.

“It’s been a great season for me. I definitely learned a lot from match to match, tournament to tournament,” said Nakashima, who won his first ATP title in his hometown of San Diego in September.

“Of course, at the beginning of the year, I had some goals, including winning my first ATP title. It was very special to do that in San Diego. To top it off, it’s even more special, I think it’s been stable all year.

Nakashima had to bounce back from a 3-1 deficit in the first set and faced two set points in the second set tiebreaker.

“I think the most important thing in a pressure situation like that is your mentality. I think we did pretty well this year under that kind of pressure.”

This is Nakashima’s second appearance in Next Generation. He lost in the semi-finals to his compatriot Sebastian Korda last year.

This is the fifth edition of the ATP Next Gen Finals, including a shorter set, four games, and other experimental changes.

Last year’s champion was Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, the current world ranking leader.

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