World number 70 Sam Querrey will take on fellow American and 134th-ranked Brandon Nakashima in the second round of the 2021 Los Cabos Open on Wednesday, July 21. Get the live streaming options of this Sam Querrey v Brandon Nakashima match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Sam Querrey v Brandon Nakashima Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Querrey and Nakashima on the ATP tour. They have faced off a few times in exhibition tournaments though.
Can Querrey Overturn Poor Hard Court Form?
It took Querrey a transition to grass court competitions to start winning again. Because his start to this season had been surprisingly woeful.
Before he made it to the semifinal in Stuttgart earlier this season, Querrey’s record read two wins to six defeats, which included just two wins from four tournaments on hard court surfaces.
A semifinal in Stuttgart and a runnerup trophy in Mallorca would have given Querrey’s confidence a huge boost but a second round loss at Wimbledon and a first round ouster from Newport raises more question-marks.
Is the best behind the former world number 11? Or are we looking at a form slump which can be remedied by playing a little more on the tour? The next few tournaments should give us a better idea.
Nakashima Edges Wolf on Return
It was JJ Wolf’s first match on return from his injury and he put up a valiant display but Nakashima’s superior match fitness saw him through in the end.
Nakashima, ranked 134th in the world, was taken to three sets and used up two hours and 21 minutes on court before he came through and set up a second round meeting with another American.
Smashing 11 aces and breaking his opponent four times while saving seven of the eight break-points he himself faced, Nakashima looked to be in control when he took a set and 5-3 lead in the encounter.
Serving for the match at 5-4, however, he was broken by Wolf who then went on to win the tie-breaker to push into the third. Nakashima, however, raced off to a 4-1 lead in the final set before closing it out 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 to enter the second round.
He will fancy his chances against the struggling Querrey here.
Querrey v Nakashima Prediction and Tip
While Querrey is a higher-ranked player, his form isn’t something that can be relied on while Nakashima has shown what he is capable of. Backing the youngster to overcome the experienced Querrey here.