TennisSection previews the 2021 Washington Open as Dan Evans  takes on Brandon Nakashima in the Round of 32 on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021.
Will Brandon Nakashima continue his great form and manage to take out a top player? Will Dan Evans get a nice start to the hard court swing and show us if he can make waves this season? This will be a very entertaining encounter, and a very interesting one to see where if Nakashima is ready to step up. Will Evans cruise through, or can Nakashima trouble his superior peer and try to fight for a spot in the Round of 16 at the Washington Open?
Brandon Nakashima aims to take out a top player in Dan Evans and move on to the Round of 16 at the Washington Open. It’ll be a really tough one for sure, despite his incredible form lately, he hasn’t beat someone of the caliber of Evans, losing to another top brit in the final of Los Cabos 6-2 6-2. So, it’s rather apparent that he’ll have to play his very best and Evans will have to be feeling the rust in order to pull off the upset. Nakashima has excellent mental resolve, handling his current situation well, and capitalizing on 3/3 break points opportunities over Popyrin in his first round match. He also served rather well, but his opponent did not put on the best display, so it’ll be a different story against the number one ranked Brit.
Dan Evans is coming back onto the tour and hoping to get things off to a nice start with a good win over the young and on the rise American. He’s a different player than your average build for a tennis player, slicing a lot and using some unorthodox methods. If his service is on, he’ll be able to play some good first strike tennis, and it’ll be hard for Brandon to get into his service games very much. If he’s able to put Nakashima off his game with his slice, and switch to the forehand then I see him getting through this match pretty easily, but it’s mostly a question of whether or not Nakashima can handle him and stand up to him in the most important moments.
Dan Evans and Brandon Nakashima have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. Evans matches up well with lots of different players, being able to push many of them to their limits, he showed us this earlier in the year with a good win over world number one Novak Djokovic, taking him out rather easily. We know he’s a menace on his best day, so with plenty of recovery time, unless there are inconsistencies in his game I expect a nice straightforward win for him to be able to move on to the 2021 Washington Open.
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