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Sebastian Korda wins all-American battle against Nakashima to make Next Gen ATP final

The 21-year-old is the first American into the showpiece final

Sebastian Korda Sebastian Korda in Paris (Panoramic)

Next Gen Finals | Draw Order of play

Sebastian Korda is into the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Final – but he did it the hard way, beating Brandon Nakashima in five sets, 4-3, 2-4, 1-4, 4-2, 4-2.

He becomes the first American in the tournament’s four-year history to reach the final.

“Brandon was playing some unbelievable tennis but I stayed with him and had some chances in the fourth and five sets and took them and ran,” the second seed said in his on-court interview following his win. “I got more aggressive. I tried coming into the net more and placing my serves more, and that opened up the court for me.”

Sebastian Korda reached a career-high ranking of 38 in 2021, and won the title in Parma, where he did not drop a set.

He reached the semi-finals in Turin by winning all three of his round-robin matches.

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