Basel Open 2022: Stan Wawrinka vs. Brandon Nakashima Tennis Pick and Prediction

Basel Open 2022: Stan Wawrinka vs. Brandon Nakashima Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Basel Open as Brandon Nakashima takes on Stan Wawrinka in the Round of 16 on Thursday, October 27th, 2022.

Stan Wawrinka is seeking a third quarterfinal appearance at the Basel Open. But USA’s Brandon Nakashima stands in his way. The Swiss one hander is in buoyant mood after posting the biggest upset of the week thus far by eliminating Casper Ruud. Could he extend his stay on home territory?

The unseeded Brandon Nakashima got the better of David Goffin in a topsy turvy first-round match at the Basel Open. The first was one-way traffic as Goffin dominated the American, breaking him twice in just 32 minutes. Nakashima’s level improved considerably in the second set which went to a tiebreak and found his best tennis at 2-4 down. After snatching the second set against the run of play, momentum was firmly in his side. Goffin was broken for the first and only time in the match midway through the third set and it proved decisive. 

Stan Wawrinka, meanwhile, scored his second top 10 win of the season when he upset Roland Garros finalist Casper Ruud in front of a raucous home crowd at the Basel Open. Wawrinka, who not so long ago, defeated Daniil Medvedev in Metz, served up one of his best performances since his comeback and knocked out Ruud in straight sets. The Swiss was not broken in the 78-minute contest, saving all three break points he faced on his own serve. At the other end, he broke Ruud’s delivery once in each set to close out a 6-4 6-4 win.

World No. 44 Brandon Nakashima and Stan Wawrinka have not played each other on the ATP Tour. Thursday’s match at the Basel Open will be their first official meeting. Nakashima has enjoyed a rapid rise in such a short space of time and his breakout season could get even better as he eyes a place inside the world’s top 40. But Wawrinka is turning a lot of heads right now (mine included) with his cameos in recent weeks and he does look very good value to back up that mammoth win over Ruud.

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