Reilly Opelka vs. Juan-Martin Del Potro
|Date & Time||Thursday February 21, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)|
Delray Beach Tennis Center
Delray Beach, Florida
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Reilly Opelka and Juan-Martin Del Potro meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Delray Beach Open.
Reilly Opelka is coming off a straight sets win over Tennys Sandgren that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Opelka won 89 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Opelka won 75 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his six break points. Opelka won each of the last nine games to close a match that took less than an hour to complete. Opelka is simply enjoying the best stretch of his career, as he’s now won won nine of his last 10 matches and is serving at an extremely high level. While he’s fresh off a title in New York, a win here would prove the 21-year-old Opelka has truly arrived and is somebody to keep an eye on moving forward. Opelka has three career wins over top-10 players, two of which have come this year against John Isner. Opelka has won five of his last seven matches on outdoor hard court.
Juan-Martin Del Potro is coming off a straight sets win over Yoshihito Nishioka that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Del Potro won 71 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Del Potro won 65 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his seven break points. Del Potro played well for somebody who hasn’t played a match in a while, as hit 12 aces and was effective with his return. It’s going to take some time before Del Potro returns to the level he was at during the US Open, but his first performance was a nice start and his serve will only become more consistent with more reps under his belt. Del Potro hopes to avoid losing in the second match of a single tournament for the second straight time. Del Potro has won 12 of his last 15 matches on outdoor hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
It’s hard to bet against Opelka with this current run he’s been on, but beating a player such as Del Potro is going to be his toughest match yet. Even Del Potro at less than 100 percent is no easy feat. Del Potro has the return ability to takeaway a lot of those easy points Opelka has feasted on during this run and he’s going to force him into some long rallies.
I’m watching Opelka closely, but Del Potro gets the best of this match.