Henry Wancke | 9th Mar 2020 | 0
Delray Beach | Teenager knocks out Norrie
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Qualifier Cameron Norrie, the British No.3 ranked 60 in world terms, was eliminated from the Delray Beach Open by American teenager Brandon Nakashima, a wild card entry, 7-5 6-2 who progresses into the last eight
I have a lot of confidence in my game now… Hopefully I can keep it going Brandon Nakashima
The 18-year-old who is coached by the 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, is the event’s youngest quarter-finalist since Kei Nishikori won the tournament at the same age in 2008.
“I always knew that I had the game to compete with these high-level pros. I just had to have the right opportunities,” said Nakashima, who will face Yoshihito Nishioka after the Japanese demolished Noah Rubin 6-1 6-2.
“I was just hoping to play a good first-round match here, but after winning these two matches, I have a lot of confidence in my game now… Hopefully I can keep it going.”
In an all-American clash Reilly Opelka – the fourth seed – dismantled Mackenzie McDonald 6-3 6-4 while Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo outlasted Ryan Harrison of the US, 6-4 3-6 7-6(0). The two now meet in the quarter-finals.