Third seed Marcos Giron will play fifth seed Brandon Nakashima in an all-American final at the 2022 San Diego Open on Sunday, September 25. Get the live streaming options for this Marcos Giron vs. Brandon Nakashima fight along with the preview, head to head and tips here.
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Marcos Giron vs. Brandon Nakashima
This will be their first tour-level meeting. Nakashima won his only meeting at the Challenger level two years ago.
Giron into their first final
World No. 58 Marcos Giron marched into the first final of his career with a straight sets victory over top seed and World No. 25 Dan Evans in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Giron was not broken in the match as he saved all three break points he faced while breaking his opponent once in each set for a 6-3, 7-5 victory.
The American served 11 aces, hit 40 winners and won 80% of points on his first serve to knock out the Brit.
Giron has not dropped a set en route to the final. After receiving a first-round bye, the 29-year-old defeated Argentina’s Tomás Martín Etcheverry in the last 16 and then knocked out seventh-seeded Aussie James Duckworth in the quarter-finals.
Giron had entered the tournament with a woeful 12-24 tour-level record this season. He had lost 16 first-round matches this year and reached just one semifinal in Dallas. But he has found form in San Diego and aims to win a maiden title on Sunday.
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Nakashima fights past O’Connell
While Giron will be playing in a first final, Brandon Nakashima is playing his third. The 21-year-old knocked out Australia’s Christopher O’Connell 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in an hour and 51 minutes in the semi-finals on Saturday.
The world No. 69, who finished second in Los Cabos and Atlanta last year, has had another strong run this year. The four wins in San Diego have improved him to 25-19 this season.
Although he had reached four quarter-finals this season, he would be happy to have made it past the last eight in San Diego and hopes to end the week with a maiden title.
Nakashima began the tournament by beating a pair of Americans, Zachary Svajda and Denis Kudla, in straight sets in the first two rounds respectively. He then defeated Daniel Elahi Galán in a three-set quarter-final, before battling past O’Connell.
Nakashima, who won 83% of points on his first serve, won the key moments against the Aussie. He got the only break of the match in the first set, then dominated the second set tiebreak in the tight contest.
Giron v Nakashima Prediction and Tips
Both players will be desperate to win their maiden titles and therefore a tight three-set final can be expected.
Nakashima’s previous experience of playing in two finals may help, although he did not win either of those two. It’s hard to see, but Nakashima could go past Giron to lift the trophy.
The 2022 San Diego Open will be played from September 19 to 25. You can get all the tennis betting news with our tennis betting blog here. Also get previews of the rest of the tennis match here.