Tommy Paul vs Brandon Nakashima Prediction and Odds: Lyon Open 2023

The quarter-finals of the Lyon Open bring an intriguing clash between Americans Tommy Paul and Brandon Nakashima. Both players have showcased their skills and determination, claiming three-set victories to book their place. With a place in the semi-finals at stake, this match promises to be a captivating battle of contrasting playing styles.

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Tommy Paul vs Brandon Nakashima – Match Predictions

Tommy Paul to Win

Despite being ranked higher, Tommy Paul has struggled against Brandon Nakashima, with a losing record in their previous encounters. While Paul is currently injury-free, his compatriot Nakashima is returning from injury and has had difficulties on clay courts. On the other hand, Paul recently reached the finals of the ATP Challenger Aix en Provence, which has boosted his confidence in his skills. Their playing styles differ, and Paul’s style suits him better, giving him an advantage in the match. Considering these factors, I believe Paul will emerge as the winner.

Over 22.5 Games

Each of Tommy Paul’s last three matches has been three-set affairs. While he suffered defeats in the earlier exchanges, he finally overcame the hoodoo as he overcame Gregoire Barrere. It was not an easy outing as the duel was stretched and Paul surrendered the second set. The New Jersey native has a tougher assignment in Brandon Nakashima, who has a winning record against him. The youngster has struggled on the red surface himself and his recent victory came in three sets and required 32 games, the same number witnessed in Paul’s win over Barrere. With both stars making mistakes but unwilling to yield any ground, expect a tough battle that goes into overtime and sees at least 22.5 Games.

Tommy Paul vs Brandon Nakashima Preview

Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in this tournament.

Tommy Paul

Tommy Paul broke his clay court slump with a hard-fought three-set win against Gregoire Barrere, securing his first victory in this year’s European clay swing. Previously, he faced early exits in three clay tournaments, including the Rome Masters. This win brings a sense of relief for the American player, whose impressive early-season performances on hard courts, like reaching the Australian Open semifinals, were interrupted by the challenging clay season. Despite being a former Boys’ French Open champion, Paul has only competed in one quarterfinal match on clay, which he won convincingly against Jan-Lennard Struff in Parma two years ago.

Brandon Nakashima

After a long wait, Brandon Nakashima finally secured consecutive victories for the first time this year at the Lyon tournament. He emerged victorious against Diego Schwartzman and Arthur Rinderknech, overcoming challenges along the way. Nakashima has faced injury setbacks throughout the year, sitting out the early part of the European clay swing. However, he made a significant improvement to his clay court record by reaching the quarterfinals in Lyon, where his win/loss ratio on clay now stands at a positive 20 wins and 19 losses. This marks his best performance on clay at this level in his career so far.

Tommy Paul vs Brandon Nakashima Head to Head

This is the fourth meeting between Tommy Paul and Brandon Nakashima on the ATP tour. Despite being farther down the rankings, it is Nakashima who has a 2-1 winning record against his much-fancied rival.

  • 07/06/22 Brandon Nakashima won 2-1 (Hertogenbosch, Grass)
  • 25/71/20 Brandon Nakashima won 0-1 (World Team Tennis, Hard)
  • 12/09/19 Tommy Paul won 2-0 (Cary, Hard)

Tommy Paul vs Brandon Nakashima Match DetailsATP Lyon Open

  • When will this match start? This match starts not before 13:00 GMT on 25 May.
  • Who is the top seed of the ATP Lyon Open? Felix Auger-Aliassime is the top seed in the men’s event.
  • Where can I watch Lyon Open 2023 in the UK? This match will be available on Amazon Prime for fans in the United Kingdom

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