Nakashima and Brooksby

jrstrat

Rookie
Brooksby beats Davidovich 7-5 6-0. Davidovich broke to tie it up 5-5 in the first set and then Brooksby won the last 8 games in the match. He just ground Davidovich into submission in the second set. Brooksby is such a unique player. He needs to improve his first serve and his overhead is also pretty weak but he can still win these matches against top 50 players easily. Brooksby had two overheads that you would see in a 3.5 level match. That being said, he still cruises to a win.

Diego Schwartzman beat Nakashima 4 and 2. Brooksby vs Schwartzman is going to be a battle tomorrow.
 
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atatu

Legend
Brooksby beats Davidovich 7-5 6-0. Davidovich broke to tie it up 5-5 in the first set and then Brooksby won the last 8 games in the match. He just ground Davidovich into submission in the second set. Brooksby is such a unique player. He needs to improve his first serve and his overhead is also pretty weak but he can still win these matches against top 50 players easily. Brooksby had two overheads that you would see in a 3.5 level match. That being said, he still cruises to a win.

Diego Schwartzman beat Nakashima 4 and 2. Brooksby vs Schwartzman is going to be a battle tomorrow.
Wow, that's impressive !
 

jrstrat

Rookie
Wow, that's impressive !
I can't find it but I think you had a post on the main board that Fritz will be the top ranked American player over the next couple of years. I think it will be close between Opelka, Fritz, Brooksby and Korda but I think Brooksby will be the top ranked American player within 6 to 9 months. His current ATP ranking point total includes about 8 tournaments from m15/m25/challenger with about 100 combined ATP points. He has a great chance to replace these with solid ATP main event points which will move him up the rankings fast. He will get another 102 ATP points from the Antwerp tourney alone and more if he beats Diego today.
 

Wild Card

New User
Currently Brooksby a ser and a break down to Scwartzman. At the changeover, Brooksby swapped his shirt and seemed to have a lot of taping on his torso in addition to tape on his arm. Hope it isn't impacting his game….
 

jrstrat

Rookie
Brooksby took this last week off but is in the qualifying rounds of the Paris tennis masters with his first match later today. Nakashima decided to play a challenger event this week and is in the semis.

Not college tennis but lets give some props to Tiafoe and Fritz. Tiafoe beat Tsitsipas, Diego S and now Skinner and is in the finals of a 500 event vs Zverev. Fritz is in the finals of a 250 event vs Cilic. Both guys are playing great and just need to be able to play consistently like this and they could be in the top 20 soon, maybe even in the top 10. Time will tell.
 

mikej

Hall of Fame
#26 Isner - 36 yo
#27 Opelka - 24 yo
#28 Fritz - 23 yo
#37 Korda - 21 yo
#49 Tiafoe - 23 yo
#53 Paul - 24 yo
#56 McDonald - 26 yo
#60 Giron - 28 yo
#66 Brooksby - 20 yo
#74 Nakashima - 20 yo
#89 Johnson - 31 yo
#90 Kudla - 29 yo
#93 Sandgren - 30 yo
#98 Querrey - 34 yo
not even two weeks after this post, and...
Fritz up to #26
Tiafoe up to #41
McDonald up to #54 (career high)
Brooksby up to #56 (career high)
Giron up to #57 (career high)
Nakashima up to #65 (career high)

that's 10 Americans in the top 65 in the world

plus Wolf and Kozlov looking good in the finals of Vegas CH

these young Americans have a lot of momentum as '21 comes to a close, and they're going to be everywhere you look in Grand Slam and Masters events in '22
 

ClarkC

Hall of Fame
Nakashima qualified for the under-21 Milan ATP NextGen year-end championships event, joining Korda and Brooksby. Three young Americans in that tournament is quite impressive.
 

jrstrat

Rookie
not even two weeks after this post, and...
Fritz up to #26
Tiafoe up to #41
McDonald up to #54 (career high)
Brooksby up to #56 (career high)
Giron up to #57 (career high)
Nakashima up to #65 (career high)

that's 10 Americans in the top 65 in the world

plus Wolf and Kozlov looking good in the finals of Vegas CH

these young Americans have a lot of momentum as '21 comes to a close, and they're going to be everywhere you look in Grand Slam and Masters events in '22
Fritz, Giron and Korda all reach the round of 16 in the Paris tennis Masters. Giron loses to Rudd and Korda loses a tough 3 set match to Medvedev but Fritz advances to the quarters. Fritz plays Joker later today and Novak hasn't played much lately so probably a good time to get him. Just like you said, Americans are all over the place in these events.
 

mikej

Hall of Fame
Just like you said, Americans are all over the place in these events.
From now on, many / most GS and Masters events are likely to have USA vs USA matches here and there, where one American is guaranteed to win and get some valuable points. We saw it this week with Giron-Tiafoe, in Antwerp with Opelka-Brooksby, in St Petersburg with Fritz-Paul, and in Indian Wells with both Fritz-Nakashima and Tiafoe-Korda.

Every ranking point guaranteed to go to an American helps.
 
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mikej

Hall of Fame
From now on, many / most GS and Masters events are likely to have USA vs USA matches here and there, where one American is guaranteed to win and get some valuable points. We saw it this week with Giron-Tiafoe, in Antwerp with Opelka-Brooksby, in St Petersburg with Fritz-Paul, and in Indian Wells with both Fritz-Nakashima and Tiafoe-Korda.

Every ranking point guaranteed to go to an American helps.
again this week with Paul over Tiafoe, giving Paul his career high ranking

American depth helping all of them climb the ladder
 

Lewolv

New User
I've seen wolf playing a few times. he's just a heavy hitter with no shots variety and strategy. plus it seems he got a mindset of a 12 years old kid. if he wants to win majors he better change that. he's a great player, but for college and challenger's for now . IMO, No offense.
 

mikej

Hall of Fame
I've seen wolf playing a few times. he's just a heavy hitter with no shots variety and strategy. plus it seems he got a mindset of a 12 years old kid. if he wants to win majors he better change that. he's a great player, but for college and challenger's for now . IMO, No offense.
I’m not sure anyone has suggested he’s capable of winning majors

I’ve arguably written the most bull-ish words re: Wolf on this forum when I suggested a year or two ago he’d have a better career than Kudla, and while I’m not confident that’s going to happen anymore, he still has time

no, he’s not going to win a major or be top 10, ever
 
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