Reilly Opelka continued his sweep into the Western & Southern Open quarter-finals — his first at ATP Masters 1000 level — with a brisk 75-minute victory Tuesday.
“I’m pretty pleased. It’s difficult. There have been so many unknowns for everyone over the past couple months, so it’s always hard to say [how you’ll perform],” Opelka said. “But I’ve put in a lot of work [and] I used this time to train. I didn’t take much time off, I really didn’t. I’m not surprised, but at the same time you don’t know what to expect.”
Opelka struck 29 winners, including 19 aces, and forced Berrettini into a forehand error for the only break of the match in the eighth game. The American won 33 of his 35 first-service points, committed 12 unforced errors and clinched 51 points under three shots to Berrettini’s 38.
“It’s just nice to be back, that’s all I could say. I think it’s been a positive. Finding the positives in tough times is not something that’s always easy to do, maybe not something I’ve been great at in the past,” Opelka said. “But I think I did a good job this break with COVID and everything. I think I maximised my downtime.”
The 22-year-old is now 10-3 on the season, suspended for five months due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. He lifted his second ATP Tour title in February at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com.