MILAN/STARNBERG, November 13, 2022
Brandon Nakashima clinched the title of the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. The 21-year-old US-American defeated Jiri Lehecka from the Czech Republic 4-3(5), 4-3(6), 4-2 in Saturday’s title match to emerge as an undefeated tournament champion.
Nakashima struck 11 aces and won 85 per cent of his first-service points to secure victory in one hour and 19 minutes.
🏆 2017 – Hyeon Chung
🏆 2018 – Stefanos Tsitsipas
🏆 2019 – Jannik Sinner
🏆 2021 – Carlos Alcaraz
🏆 2022 – @b_nakashima
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“I am super happy right now,” Nakashima said. “It was a great tournament, this whole week. This final was another tough match. Just a few points that could have gone either way. I am happy with my level today. It is a good way to finish off the year.
“It was a final, so there are going to be some pressure moments. There were some nerves at the beginning, but I am happy I was able to turn it around quickly and close it out at the end.”