Reilly Opelka blasts 43 aces in New York Open final to win maiden ATP title

first_imgReilly Opelka blasts 43 aces in New York Open final to win maiden ATP titleReilly Opelka blasted 43 aces on the way to winning his first ATP Tour title with a 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7) victory over Canadian Brayden Schnur at the New York Open.advertisement Reuters New YorkFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 09:28 IST Reilly Opelka won his maiden ATP title (Photo tweeted by @ATP_Tour)HIGHLIGHTSReilly Opelka defeated Brayden Schnur 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7) in the New York Open finalOpelka blasted 156 aces throughout the tournament”This is definitely what I’m most proud of,” Opelka saidReilly Opelka blasted 43 aces on the way to winning his first ATP Tour title with a 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7) victory over Canadian Brayden Schnur at the New York Open on Sunday.The 21-year-old American paved the way for the victory by successfully challenging what Schnur thought was an ace at 7-7 in the final tiebreak.Schnur’s shot was shown to be just out, so instead of having championship point the Canadian had a second serve, which he netted.Opelka then slammed in his 43rd ace of the match for the victory. He had the same number of aces in beating top seed John Isner in their semi-final on Saturday.”This is definitely what I’m most proud of,” Opelka told reporters. “I was tough mentally, especially losing a lot of first sets this week, and my first serve really helped me out. I was able to play clutch in those big moments.”43 aces later, Reilly Opelka defeats Brayden Schnur 6-1, 6-7(7), 7-6(7) for his first ATP Tour title!: @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/nyXOCgNWanATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) February 17, 2019Opelka easily won the opening set against Schnur but the Canadian rebounded in the second by saving two championship points in a tiebreak and claiming the set when Opelka double faulted.Schnur had never won an ATP Tour main draw match before this week, and won two qualifying matches just to get into the tournament.”It’s a dream come true for me. This week showed that I belong in these big tournaments and playing against the top guys,” Schnur said.advertisement”It’s unfortunate the way it ended because I left it all out there and did everything I could, but that’s how sports go sometimes.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Reilly OpelkaFollow Brayden SchnurFollow ATP tourFollow New York Open Nextlast_img

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