Korda, Nakashima organized the All-American Semi-Final at the Next Gen Finals


Sebastian Korda and Brandon Nakashima staged an all-American semi-final at the Next Gen ATP Finals by winning their final round robin matches on Thursday.

21-year-old Korda, son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda, methodically separated local favorite Lorenzo Musetti from Italy in a 4-2, 4-3 (4), 4-2 win to win Group B with a record of 3-0.

Previously, 20-year-old Nakashima defeated Holger Rune 3-4 (3), 4-1, 4-1, 4-3 (1) to secure second place in Group A behind seeded Carlos Alcaraz of the season. final of the tournament for the best players under the age of 21.

Korda won his first career title on Italian soil in Parma in May, after which Nakashima reached two consecutive league games in Los Cabos, Mexico, and Atlanta to become the youngest American to play in multiple finals after Andy. Roddick in 2001-02.

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Argentina’s Sebastian Baez also arrived in the semifinal, who beat Hugo Gaston 4-3 (2), 4-2, 4-2 to finish second in Group B behind Korda and set up a semifinal with Alcaraz.

Alcaraz, who had already won Group A, produced 22 straight wins in a 4-0, 4-1, 2-4, 4-3 (3) over Juan Manuel Cerundolo, who had already been eliminated.

The win made 18-year-old Alcaraz the youngest player to earn 30 tour-level wins in a season since Rafael Nadal went 30-17 in 2004 when he was 18. Alcaraz is also 30-17 entering the semifinals.

There are different rules at the Next Gen tournament, including on-court coaching, ad-free scoring, medical timeout limits, and Hawk-Eye making all line calls.

The most drastic change is the shorter set from first to four, with a draw at 3-3.


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