American Reilly Opelka won two matches on Sunday and won the second tour-level title of his career, capturing the Delray Beach Open title with a 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-2 win over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.
“I’m just really proud of the way I fought in the third set,” said Opelka. “I got an early break and I broke again. Physically I was feeling pretty good. If he broke me and we had to play more tennis, I was fine.”
That may be surprising to hear considering how much tennis the 22-year-old had to play under the Florida sun on Sunday. Because of rain on Saturday, his semifinal against Milos Raonic was played early on Sunday, with Opelka coming back from a set down to win 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3.
That lifted Opelka into the finals and into a matchup with a familiar foe. He and Nishioka met a little more than a week ago at the New York Open, a straight-sets win for Opelka. He blasted 27 aces and raced out to a lead in the third set to close him out on Sunday and win his second career title.
“I love playing at home. I have a house not far from here, 10 minutes. So I base here, I’ve been here the past 10 years, so I’m very comfortable,” he said. “It’s going to be an event I play a lot the rest of my career just because I plan on staying here in South Florida. I love playing in Delray.”
With the victory, Opelka earns 250 ranking points, moving him to 39th in the world rankings, and earns him $97,585.