Reilly Opelka vs. Alex De Minaur
|Date & Time||Saturday July 27, 2019, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
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Reilly Opelka and Alex De Minaur meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Atlanta Open.
Reilly Opelka is coming off a straight sets win over Daniel Evans that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Opelka won 82 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Opelka won 75 percent of his total service points and converted on one of his three break points. Opelka got 64 percent of his first serves in play, didn’t face a single break point and hit 23 aces. Opelka has won four of his five tiebreaks this tournament and has been broken just once. Opelka has to like his chances as long as this serving holds up. Opelka hopes to make his second career final appearance and first since this years New York Open. Opelka has won five of his last six matches on hard court.
Alex De Minaur is coming off a straight sets win over Bernard Tomic that took 11 games to decide. In the victory, De Minaur won 95 percent of his first serve points and 44 percent of his second serve points. De Minaur won 81 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his five break points. De Minaur got 71 percent of his first serves in play, didn’t face a break point and had eight aces. De Minaur has played just under two hours of tennis to get to this point due to Tomic retiring early in the second set. De Minaur hopes to make his second final appearance of the year and the fourth of his career. De Minaur has won four of his last six matches on hard court.
De Minaur won the only meeting, which was this year in Sydney, a match won in straight in sets. The match took 23 games to be decided.
De Minaur has rest on his side, as he’s worked far less to get to this point. However, Opelka has been a serving machine this tournament and it’s hard seeing him lose as long as that holds true. Opelka gets so many free points with his serve and doesn’t give his opponent any break points, and it puts a ton of pressure on the guy across from him. Not to mention the American crowd is on Opelka’s side.
I like Opelka to make his second career final trip.