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ATP youngster has ‘very big future’ believes fellow pro

An up-and-comer on the ATP tour is looking impressive so far in 2021, and other players are beginning to acknowledge as much.

Brandon Nakashima is making waves in the second half of the 2021 ATP season, with the American reaching back-to-back finals in Los Cabos and Atlanta.

The 19-year-old then went on to the Citi Open in Washington DC as wildcard, bringing his strong form with him.

He dispatched Alexei Popyrin and Dan Evans, with the latter impressed by the American teen.

“I think he’s got obviously a very big future,” the Brit told reporters after facing Nakashima. “He seems very calm and levelheaded, which is a good thing. He played good today.

“He put me away pretty convincingly in the end. He’s going to be a good player.”

Nakashima is now at a career-high ranking of world No. 89, his first venture into the top 100, and will likely climb further following Washington.

He is also now sixth in the ATP ‘Race to Milan’ for the Next Gen ATP Finals, only behind big names Jannik Sinner, Feliz Auger-Aliassime, Sebastian Korda, Lorenzo Musetti and Carlos Alcaraz.