Due to a rain delay, Reilly Opelka had to play 2 matches on championship Sunday, but he answered in a big way.
Starting and ending the match off with an ace, Opelka defeated Japanese rising tennis star Yoshihito Nishioka 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 to claim his 2nd career ATP title. Opelka’s other title came last year at the New York Open, where last week he beat Nishioka in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Luckily a long day for Opelka ended in a victory.
“I’m exhausted after those two (matches),” a visibly worn out Opelka said.
As for Nishioka, he is projected to break into the ATP’s top 50 for the first time in his career in Monday’s rankings. This is great news for him as he continues to fight for a spot on his Olympic team this summer. The Olympics will be held in his home country of Japan this year in the town of Tokyo.
After the match, Opelka had kind words for the talented Nishioka and the effort he put forth in the finals match.
“Yoshi is a great competitor,” Opelka said. “He made me run down every ball.”
Hopefully, we will see more of these young talents in the future and maybe a few more battles of their contrasting styles. There is nothing quite like the big server versus the speedy retriever.
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