Korda, Nakashima set up all-US semi-final

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Sebastian Korda and Brandon Nakashima have set up an all-American semi-final at the Next Gen ATP Finals by winning their last round-robin matches.

The 21-year-old Korda, the son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda, methodically picked apart local favourite Lorenzo Musetti of Italy in a 4-2 4-3 (7-4) 4-2 victory to win Group B with a record of 3-0.

Earlier, the 20-year-old Nakashima defeated Holger Rune 3-4 (7-3) 4-1 4-1 4-3 (7-1) to secure second place in Group A behind top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz at the season-ending tournament for the top 21-and-under players.

Korda won his first career title on Italian soil in Parma in May, after which Nakashima reached back-to-back championship matches at Los Cabos, Mexico, and Atlanta to become the youngest American to play in multiple finals since Andy Roddick in 2001-02.

Also reaching the last four was Sebastian Baez of Argentina, who beat Hugo Gaston 4-3 (7-2) 4-2 4-2, to finish second in Group B behind Korda and set up a semi-final with Alcaraz.

Alcaraz, who had already won Group A, produced 22 forehand winners in a 4-0 4-1 2-4 4-3 (7-3) win over Juan Manuel Cerundolo, who was already eliminated.

The victory made the 18-year-old Alcaraz the youngest player to earn 30 Tour-level wins in a season since Rafael Nadal went 30-17 in 2004 when he was 18. Alcaraz is also 30-17 entering the semi-finals.

There are different rules at the Next Gen tournament, including on-court coaching, no-Ad scoring, medical timeout limits, and Hawk-Eye making all the line calls.

The most drastic change is the shorter first-to-four set, with a tiebreaker at 3-3.

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