8 US men make 3rd round, most since 1995

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Brandon Nakashima's victory over 2021 Wimbledon semifinalist Denis Shapovalov at Court 12 on Thursday at the All England Club? Martin Blackman was there.

That came after Taylor Fritz used a full-on, headfirst dive to reach an unreachable shot on the way to eliminating Alastair Gray on the same patch of grass. Blackman was present for that one, too, just as he was for Jenson Brooksby's win at Court 17.

All in all, it's been quite a productive - and rare - start to Wimbledon for Nakashima, Fritz, Brooksby and other American men: There will be eight of them in the third round, accounting for a quarter of the 32 players left in the field, the most for the country at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament since 1995. It's also the most at any major since the 1996 U.S. Open.

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