INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA (AP) – Brandon Nakashima (AFP, pic below) took advantage of two double-faults by John Isner in an error-filled game to collect the match’s only service break and went on to reach the second round at the BNP Paribas Open with a 7-6 (7), 6-3 victory in the all-American contest on Wednesday.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was in the stands as play got started at the year’s first Masters 1000 event, a combined tournament for women and men.
Nakashima, a 21-year-old from San Diego, saved one set point for 2018 Wimbledon semifinalist Isner, who is 37, en route to grabbing the opening tiebreaker.
And Nakashima, who won the ATP Next Gen Finals last year, broke to lead 4-2 in the second set after nearly one-and-a-half hours of play, taking his four points in that game via that pair of double-faults, one forehand by Isner that found the net tape and didn’t make it over, and another that sailed long.
Isner, the 2012 runner-up at Indian Wells, double-faulted seven times, part of his total of 25 unforced errors – 18 more than Nakashima.
Next up for the 48th-ranked Nakashima is the tough task of facing 2022 US Open champion and former number one Daniil Medvedev, who is on a 14-match winning streak and won the past three tournaments he entered.