Reilly Opelka Tops Matteo Berrettini To Reach First Masters 1000 Quarter-final | ATP Tour

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.

Opelka recorded just the fifth Top 10 win of his career with a 6-3, 7-6(4) triumph over sixth seed Matteo Berrettini. He now challenges fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas or 2013 finalist John Isner.

“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.

Overall this week in New York, Opelka has struck 50 aces, including 18 against Cameron Norrie in the first round and 13 against Diego Schwartzman in the second round.

“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.

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