The world No. 223 had said he was hopeful to receive a wild card into his home Slam, and not only did he earn one of the coveted spots but he got to come to New York early to play the Western & Southern Open. In qualifying, he'd fall to Marton Fucsovics.
Nakashima's age, having just celebrated a birthday on August 3.
His ATP career record after turning pro in 2019.
The number of winners he hit against Lorenzi (who hit 21).
The teen had over a week to regroup and reset for his big moment, though it's not quite as he'd imagined. The American's dream is to play in Arthur Ashe Stadium against Roger Federer, and surely he expected a crowd would be there for that.
"I think I would want to have [my first win] at the US Open because I'm American," Nakashima said. "It's just a special feeling coming here every year, first time playing main draw for the men's was definitely a great experience for me and I couldn’t be happier."
There's still time yet for the youngster, and he's got a lot more tennis to play this week as he moves on to the second round to face off against No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev.