Houston: Fourth title, all in the United States, for Opelka

Mathieu WARNIER, Media365, published on Sunday April 10, 2022 at 11:13 p.m.

For the fourth time in four finals in the United States, Reilly Opelka was crowned in Houston after getting the better of his compatriot John Isner.

After New York in 2019, Delray Beach in 2020 then Dallas earlier this year, Reilly Opelka won his fourth career title this Sunday. And, once again, it was on American soil that the 18th in the world was able to celebrate. On the occasion of a close final against his compatriot John Isner, the 24-year-old player was able to add a new line to his list. A meeting that started with great solidity in the service on both sides. However, Reilly Opelka showed the first signs of feverishness with a break point saved in the fifth game. However, it was he who took the lead at the very end of the set, snatching his opponent’s serve before taking the lead at his first opportunity. The second round, meanwhile, offered a slightly different scenario.

Isner did not take his chance, Opelka did not hesitate

Indeed, on each of his service games, Reilly Opelka was put in great difficulty. In total, the tournament’s No. 3 seed had to save seven break points before getting one. The two players finally had to explain themselves to the deciding game. Winning two points on the opposing engagement, John Isner had two equalizing balls in one set everywhere, all missed. The 27th in the world had a third, without knowing more success. It was then that Reilly Opelka seized his chance. Offering himself a first match point on the service of his opponent, the 18th world went to conclude this final (6-3, 7-6 in 1:49 ‘). A victory that will allow the American to gain a place and to know this Monday the best ranking of his career. John Isner, meanwhile, will get closer to the Top 20.

HOUSTON (USA, ATP 250, clay, €602,126)
Defending champion: Cristian Garin (in 2019)

Opelka (USA, #3) beats Isner (USA, n°4): 6-3, 7-6 (7)

Opelka (USA, #3) beats Kyrgios (AUS, WC): 6-3, 7-5
Isner (USA, n°4) bat Garin (CHI, n°5): 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Kyrgios (Australia, WC) bat Mmoh (USA, LL): forfeit
Opelka (USA, #3) bat Brouwer (PBS, Q); 6-3, 7-5
Isner (USA, n°4) bat Tiafoe (USA, n°6): 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Garine (CHI, n°5) bat Fritz (USA, n°2): 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3

Round of 16
Mmoh (USA, LL) bat Querrey (USA): 6-2, 6-4
Kyrgios (Australia, WC) beats Paul (USA, n°7): 6-4, 6-2
Opelka (USA, #3) beats Krueger (USA, Q): 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Brouwer (PBS, Q) beats Wolf (USA, WC): 6-1, 6-1

Tiafoe (USA, #6) beats Cuevas (URU): 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4)
Isner (USA, n°4) bat Johnson: 6-7(1), 7(6(4), 6-3
Garine (CHI, n°5) Defeat Thompson (Australia): 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Fritz (USA, No. 2) bat Tabilo (CHI): 6-1, 6-4

1st round
Mmoh (USA, LL) – Goodbye
Querry (USA) Bat Galan (COL): 7-6 (0), 3-6, 7-6 (6)
Kyrgios (Australia, WC) beat McDonald (USA): 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Paul (USA, n°7) bat Gojowczyk (GER): 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 3-2 abandonment

Opelka (USA, #3) – Goodbye
Krueger (USA, Q) Varillas bat (PER): 5-1 retirement
Brouwer (PBS, Q) beat Lopez (ESP): 6-4, 6-2
Wolf (US, WC) bat Brooksby (USA, n°8): 6-4, 6-4

Tiafoe (USA, #6) bat Giron (USA): 6-4, 6-4
Caves (URU) bat Purcell (AUS, Q): 7-6 (7), 6-3
Johnson (USA) Bat food (US): 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Isner (USA, n°4) – Goodbye

Garine (CHI, n°5) beats Sock (USA, WC): 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
Thompson (Australia) beats Diez (CAN, LL): 6-3, 6-2
Tabilo (CHI) beats Harrison (USA, Q): 6-1, 6-4
Fritz (USA, No. 2) – Goodbye

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