Brandon Nakashima may have been in uncharted territory at Wimbledon on Saturday, but the American #NextGenATP didn’t blink an eye.
The 20-year-old backed his upset in the second round of 2021 semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov with a confident 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 against Daniel Elahi Galan. Nakashima hadn’t won a match in the grass-court major before his first-round victory over Nicola Kuhn, but he is now the youngest American to reach the knockout stages at Wimbledon since Andy Roddick in 2003.
Nakashima joins Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul and Taylor Fritz in the fourth round. This represents the most American men in the last 16 at the All England Lawn Tennis Club since 1999, and the most to reach the fourth round of a major tournament since the 2011 US Open.
“I think we send the message that we have a lot of depth and there are a lot of strong players coming in, who are constantly improving,” said Fritz, the No. 11 seed, when asked about the strong performance. American following his third-round win over Alex Molcan.
“I’ve said this before. I guess we don’t necessarily get all the attention because we don’t have a current Grand Slam champion, a current guy who’s 1, 2, 3 in the world, but we have six “or seven guys who are in the Top 40 who are all young. Four guys in the round of 16, and we could have more. We have a lot of depth and we have a lot of guys who are constantly improving. ”
Nakashima, who reached the semi-finals of the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan last November, is in the fourth round of a major tournament for the first time. The world No. 56 won 84% (43/51) of the points behind his first delivery and faced just one break point in his first ATP Head2Head encounter with Galan.
He faces a tough task in round four if he wants to extend his run further at SW19 – he then meets fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas or Nick Kyrgios.
Fritz matched his best Grand Slam result in style with a comfortable 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(3) triumph over Molcan. The 24-year-old’s only previous week two stint at a major was at the Australian Open in January.
1 Fritz forged some form on the grass last week at the Rothesay International in Eastbourne, where he won the title for the second time at the ATP 250 event without losing serve. His delivery was on tap again against Molcan, as he fired 20 aces and won 86% (50/58) of the points behind his first serve to make it nine out of nine sets won in his Wimbledon campaign .
“He [Molcan] I couldn’t really play,” Fritz said in his post-match press conference. “It was one of the best service games I’ve ever had. When I play like that it frees up the rest of my game to just go after the ball, just play really confident tennis because I know I’m getting those free points on my serve.
Fritz will next face Jason Kubler, after the Australian battled in five sets with Jack Sock to keep his dream run at the All England Lawn Tennis Club alive. In a clash between two 29-year-old qualifiers, it was Kubler who found something more at the end of an epic four hours and 15 minutes. The world number 99 broke in the first and ninth games of the deciding set to wrap up a 6-2, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3 win.
Cristian Garin held off a fightback from 29th seed Jenson Brooksby to record a 6-2, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 victory and reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the second consecutive year.
Former world No. 17 Garin broke Brooksby’s serve six times in a two-hour, 51-minute encounter. The Chilean had suffered first-round defeats on grass at Halle and Eastbourne before arriving at SW19, but now meets Alex de Minaur in the last 16, after the Australian overtook British qualifier Liam Broady, 6 -3, 6-4. , 7-5.