BOYS 18 TOP SEED BRANDON NAKASHIMA WILL NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO SEEK REDEMPTION AFTER LAST YEAR’S RUNNER UP FINALS AT THE USTA BOYS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSIPS IN KALAMAZOO…. 3 AFTER FINISHING RUNNER UP IN LAST YEAR’S 18’S TOURNEY, NAKASHIMA WAS LOOKING EARN A BERTH BACK TO THE FINALS TODAY FACING SIXTH SEED ZACHARY SF-EYE-DA. AFTER WINNING SET ONE, IT’S NAKASHIMA SERVING IN THE NEAR COURT. HE GETS THE RETURN AND THEN SENDS HIS SHOT DOWN THE LINE WITH A REALLY NICE FOREHAND WINNER. 2ND SET TIED 4-4.STILL IN THE SECOND SET…MOMENTUM SHIFTS TO SF-EYE-DA’S SIDE. BOTH PLAYERS RETURNING, BUT EVENTUALLY IT’S SF-EYE-DA TAKING ADVANTANGE OF NAKISHIMA NEAR THE NET, AND BLOWING THAT ONE PAST HIM. SF- EYE-DA WINS THE SET.DECIDING THIRD SET NEEDED…THESE TWO GOING BACK AND FORTH WITH GREAT SHOTS. WATCH NAKASHIMA IN THE FAR COURT NOW AND HE’S ABLE TO GET THE BACK HAND SHOT TO GO DOWN. BUT SF-EYE-DA CONTINUES TO FIGHT…AND HE CRUSHES THIS FOREHAND WINNER. ZACHARY SF-EYE-DAY OUTDUELS THE TOP SEED TO ADVANCE TO THE FINAL TOMORROW WINNING 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. 3 IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH. IT’S GOING TO BE THREE OUT OF FIVE SETS ALSO. JUST GO OUT THERE AND PLAY MY GAME. WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.” 3 IN THE OTHER SEMIFINAL IT’S GOVIND NANDA, THE FIFTH SEED, TAKING ON RONAN JAY-CHUCK WHO WAS SEEDED 25TH…NANDA, DROPPED THE FIRST SET…, HE WAS ACTUALLY DOWN IN THE SECOND SET 5-4 BUT SHOWING SOME TOUGHNESS AND GREAT NET PLAY. TRIES THE DROP SHOT AND THEN RETURNS THE SHOT FROM HIS OPPONENTHE RALLIES TO WIN 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. 3 18 DOUBLES CHAMPIONS CROWNED THIS AFTERNOON…MARTIN DAMM AND TOBY KODAT EARN A SPOT IN THE MAIN DRAW OF THE US OPEN MEN’S DOUBLES DEFEATING NAKASHIMA AND NANDA IN STRAIGHT SETS. 3 16 SINGLES SEMIFINALS, IT’S TOP SEEDED ALEX BERNARD TAKING ON 7TH SEEDED BEN SHELTON… BERNARD IS IN THE FAR COURT. HE WAS TESTED WITH LONG VOLLEYS. BUT EVENTUALLY IT’S SHOTS LIKE THIS ONE WITH THE FOREHAND SMASH DOWN THE LINE THAT EARN BERNARD A SPOT IN THE 16’S FINAL. HE WINS IN STRAIGHT SETS 6-2, 6-4. 3 BERNARD: “REALLY JUST BEING THERE EVERY POINT AND MAKING SURE TO MAKE HIM PLAY, BECAUSE HE HIT SOME REALLY GOOD SHOTS AND I JUST HAD TO MAKE HIM DO IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER.” 3 IT TOOK THREE SETS BUT FOURTH SEEDED AIDEN MAYO WILL MEET BERNARD IN THE 16 FINALS TOMORROW…THIS IS MATCH POINT. MAYO HAS HIS OPPONENT ON THE MOVE, AND THEN SET UP FOR THE BIG OVERHAND BLAST TO WIN IT. HE TAKES IT 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. 3 16 DOUBLES CHAMPIONS CROWNED THIS AFTERNOON. HUGO HASHIMOTO AND BENJAMIN KITTAY DEFEAT LUCAS BROWN AND AIDAN KIM TO

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