I’m not positive many anticipated the rise that American Reilly Opelka has been on of late, however the 23-year-old has soared to a career-high rating of world quantity 23 after his run to the semifinals at Toronto.
At an intimidating 6’11” and a serve that may take the racket out of an opponent’s fingers, the Michigan native has proven some spectacular court docket protection for a person of his measurement. And though he doesn’t essentially wish to discover himself in baseline battles, he took many abruptly with some good shot- making from that a part of the court docket.
Sadly for Opelka, he met a red-hot Danill Medvedev within the Toronto Masters last. The Russian was in a position to blunt a few of his service energy and benefited from an off day on first serves by the American whose 8 aces, and 63 % of first service factors gained, was considerably lower than his earlier matches within the match.
However, Opelka now finds himself top-American within the ATP and can look to be seeded on the upcoming US Open.
His play actually caught the attention of his opponent on Sunday, “He confirmed up, he performed some actually good factors,” Medvedev mentioned. “He was combating till the top, he saved break factors in essential moments. Enjoying your first [Masters 1000] last is just not simple. I performed my first in Canada and gained solely three video games.”
Opelka’s inventory rose within the Spring when he superior to the semifinals of the Rome Masters the place he was halted by Rafael Nadal. Final week was much more spectacular as he took out Nick Kyrgios, Grigor Dimitrov, Roberto Bautista Agut, and Stefanos Tsitsipas (his first-ever prime-5 win).
The query, now, is whether or not he can maintain the momentum he has constructed, and after a protracted reign by John Isner, will he be the face of American tennis transferring forward? Together with his prime years forward, he has an alternative.
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