A highlight from Tennis.com Podcast 11/16/21: Brandon Nakashima & Holger Rune

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Interesting episode, a lot of action this week in tennis with the next gen finals, which although it is an alternative format with four game short sets, sideline coaching on the men's tour, which we rarely see. The results from tournaments like this have proven to be dependable indicators of what's to come. We saw Sasha's Vera make his name here. We saw Rublev make a name here. We saw center make a name here. And within two years time, these boys are in the top ten. So let's not take the results from this lightly. Let's continue to view it as an indicator, and I'm interested to see which one of these young guns emerges. Ultimately, we saw alcaraz be said quarter in the final. Will this be his breakthrough? Will he be the first of that pack to get top 25 in the world? Well, stay tuned and see. Last week, we also saw Alison risk, doing what she does. Stand out there on the road, sneaking in a way and at the end of the year and lands when everybody else is at home. We saw TP, Tommy Paul, with a real good win over Francis TFO. Francis probably knows he let one get away there. And ultimately went on to hold the title on Stockholm. Always a good win at the end of the year right there. And then some jaw dropping news on the WTA side. Paying Schwartz comes out talks about sexual misconduct allegations of Chinese delicate. Whenever we hear that on a woman's door, number one, we get concerned. Number two, we are shocked. So it's going to be interesting to see how that one unfolds. I want to intro our first guest. Brandon nakashima, California NATO, be not. A kid that I saw play number four at UVA when they were in Chicago practicing. And even if playing number four, I was like, that dude can ball. We're gonna learn about his journey. What makes him tech? And what was his first big purchase? He said some good wins. It's made two of you finals. He got nothing his bag now to make a few purchases. So let's see what he did. What's up, B? What's up? How are you doing? Good man. Good, you look good out there. Thanks, thanks. So when I met you last summer, you had less than a thousand Instagram followers. Now you got 11,000. Yeah. How is life change for you? Yeah, it's definitely changed a lot. You know, since a year over a year ago, you know, I think everything has changed, really. Kind of both on and off the court, especially with my game. And also, you know, just kind of the lifestyle off the court with the professional life here. Okay. I'm never going to detail because that's private. We can have that offline conversation. So, you know, I look at you and I look at like Jim Brady. And you didn't even play number one for UVA before leaving college. And now you're in the next gen finals. How do you explain that transition from not playing number one on your college team to now being one of the best up and coming stars on the ATP tour? Yeah, I think you know in the juniors, I kind of always knew that I had the game to turn professional at some point. And you know, maybe in college, you know, it's just kind of a different experience. With the format and the matches there. So maybe I was feeling a little bit uncomfortable at the beginning or took a while for me to kind of get my bearings there and you know, we had such a great great team there so, you know, all the matches were at a high level and you know, if you're playing one or two in college ten is, I mean, you're pretty much playing all the top guys in college tennis. So I think the transition from college to professional has been pretty smooth so far. You know, after I decided to turn professional I quickly got some results on the ATP tour and started doing well on a bunch of challenges. So from there the ranking has just been improving and just trying to develop my game as much as possible on the court. So I was commentating for tennis channel during the Atlanta tournament. And I don't know if you heard. I bet on you versus big John Isner. Now that you have been on tour for a year or almost 18 months and had, you know, some some success been in like two or three finals now. What is your perspective on the game now? You know, when I watched that match against the big server like that, it was going to come down to one or two points at the end. I wanted to, will you stay down on the forehand ride or something like that? What is your perspective now on the difference in those matches? 'cause you're competing with all of them out grand Isner, et cetera. You beat it isn't there in Acapulco, right? So what is your what do you think the game is about now versus what you used to think it was about when you were in college? Yeah. You know, I think at the professional level, I mean, all the guys in the top hundred or even top 200, I think are super solid from the baseline, you know? And, you know, most of the matches it just comes down to a few points, like you said. You know, kind of who's better, better mentally in those critical points. So, you know, sometimes it works out to your advantage and sometimes it does it, but you know, those in those moments you just try to learn from as much as possible and just try to gain experience from those moments to help you in the future when you're playing out this. When you're playing out here, like on the biggest stages. So what do you think has been the biggest reason for your progression? Like, when I looked at, you know, team tennis, I looked at when Sloan played team tennis in 2017, she went on to win the U.S. open. We look at Jim Brady played team tennis last year and went on to the semis of a Grand Slam a U.S. open. What do you think has been, I mean, dusan's been by your side, literally by your side, right? 24 7. In the same hotel room, making you hit volleys across the bed, right? You know, so what do you think has been the biggest sort of reason for your in my opinion rapid success, rapid Ascension into? Yeah, I mean, it's tough to tough to pick one certain thing that's kind of been kind of key factor in the progression here. You know, I think it's just the mentality. I think, especially when I turn right off the bat, what I turned pro, you know, just knowing that I'm going to have some good and bad matches out there and sometimes the travel is going to be tough, but you know, just try to take every opportunity as best as possible out there and just try to learn from learn from different experiences. When you're out there competing, I think is key. So and then, you know, also the also always try to improve mindset when you're on the practice core. I think it's pretty key to feel more confident and comfortable in these matches. All right, so I've got two more questions. Lighthearted questions.

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