TennisSection previews the 2021 Next Gen ATP Finals as Sebastian Korda takes on Brandon Nakashima in the semifinals on Friday, November 12th, 2021.
Will Sebastian Korda get the win? Will Brandon Nakashima pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have two next gen Americans coming to a clash. Who will move on to the final of the 2021 Next Gen ATP Finals?
Sebastian Korda played some great tennis this week to come out on top in his group and book a spot in the semifinals to take on Brandon Nakashima. If he hopes to come out on top here, he will have to focus on just playing the aggressive but smart tennis he has the whole tournament. He’s definitely the favorite, Nakashima has neither the results nor the experience to take on Korda who has had some solid results to boost his ranking to where it is now. It feels inevitable that Korda will take him down, but not without some trouble to make it to the last two and fight for the 2021 Next Gen ATP Finals.
Brandon Nakashima fought back from a set down against Holger Rune in his last win to finish up runner up in his group so he can take on Sebastian Korda. It will undoubtedly be a tough matchup as he aims to upset Korda with his solid game of aggressive groundstrokes. He doesn’t have too much versatility beyond that point though, while Korda can hit with power, serve big and come to the net. Both players have a lot of improving to do but Korda’s game is simply in a better place to take this one and book his place in the final of the 2021 Next Gen ATP Finals.
Sebastian Korda and Brandon Nakashima have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. Both players are great talents hailing from America, they each have their own qualities, but Korda is older and has had a lot more time to play in the high level tournaments against the best players. Just for that reason alone, not to mention their respective levels this week, he is simply the clear favorite to take down Nakashima. Korda can be inconsistent though, and Nakashima at times has played some inspired tennis, so I think Korda will experience a little bit of turbulence but nothing he can’t handle as he aims to reach the final of the 2021 Next Gen ATP Finals.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Sebastian Korda to win in 4 sets.
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