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Nakashima youngest Delray quarterfinalist in 12 years

The Championships - Wimbledon 2010: Day Two

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: A general view of a tennis ball restin against the net on Day Two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 22, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Teenage wild card Brandon Nakashima beat qualifier Cameron Norrie 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday to become the youngest quarterfinalist at the Delray Beach Open in 12 years.

The 18-year-old Nakashima, from San Diego, is playing in his first tour-level tournament. With two wins this week, he’s the youngest Delray Beach quarterfinalist since Kei Nishikori won the title in 2008.

“I was just hoping to play a good match in the first round,” Nakashima said. “After winning these two matches, I’ve gained a lot of confidence in my game, and hopefully I continue playing well. I always knew I had the game to compete with these high-level pros, and I just needed the opportunity.”

No. 4-seeded Reilly Opelka hit 17 aces and beat fellow American Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-4.

Soonwoo Kwon edged wild card Ryan Harrison 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (0).