Thursday afternoon, on a picture-perfect afternoon in New York that followed a once-in-a-generation amount of flooding and disarray in this city, Opelka was the wiser, savvier player, schooling 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti of Italy, 7-6 (1), 7-5, 6-4, to advance to the third round for the first time.
It’s where he was a Junior Grand Slam Champion, in 2015, and with his huge serve and equally large groundstrokes, the former Indian Trails Middle School student figures to be a contender for the title at the All England Club for years to come. But not this year.
Reilly Opelka is a huge server. But Friday he ran into one of the best serve returners on the planet in Daniil Medvedev, and the result was a straight-sets win for the Russian, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.
Opelka powered his way into the third round Wednesday in Paris, overcoming a tough Jaume Munar in four sets. Until this year, the former Palm Coast resident had never won a match at Roland Garros.
For Opelka, now up to No. 35 in the world rankings, the match was a huge opportunity to measure himself against the 12-time French Open champ and a man likely to break a tie with Roger Federer at 20 Slam titles at the upcoming French championships in two weeks.
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The 23-year-old battled his best friend, Taylor Fritz, for more than four hours in a second-round match at the Australian Open, and was at one juncture just two points away from winning and getting to the third round Down Under for the first time.
Former Palm Coast resident Reilly Opelka got off to a strong start at the 2021 Australian Open tennis tournament Sunday night, playing three strong sets to defeat Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in Melbourne, Australia.
Reilly Opelka’s career has been hampered by injuries, but the 7-foot ex-Palm Coast resident who still has strong ties to the community opens his bid at the Australian Open this weekend healthy and strong, and ranked 40 in the world.
Opelka was facing two opponents Monday night at the US Open: The world No. 10 ranked player David Goffin, an outstanding all-around competitor, and Opelka’s own balky right knee, which he re-injured last week.