The young guns Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe and Jenson Brooksby are the remaining American players at the home Major in New York, with all three reaching the last 16. The giant server Reilly Opelka is through to the fourth round at a Major for the first time in a career, scoring three straight sets victories and setting the clash against Lloyd Harris.
Opelka will receive a nice check at the end of the tournament. However, the organizers will reduce it by $10,000 after fining the American for carrying an unapproved tote bag onto the court against Lorenzo Musetti in the second round.
The logo on the bag was too large, and Reilly was not happy about the decision, commentating that the organizers must be struggling with tickets sale. Reilly defeated Soonwoo Kwon in the opening round, blasting 33 aces and delivering two breaks in a 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Reilly Opelka was fined at the US Open.
World no. 24 had to work even harder against the young Italian Lorenzo Musetti in the second round, toppling the Italian 7-6, 7-5, 6-4 in two hours and 22 minutes. The American fended off all four break chances and stole the rival's serve once in sets two and three, just like against Kwon, to find himself in the last 32.
On Saturday, Opelka took down Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 for a career-best result at Majors and a nice chance to advance into the quarters. Reilly got broken twice, but that did not hurt his progress after earning five breaks from ten opportunities.
The American fired over 50 winners to control the pace and prevailed in the pivotal moments to seal the deal in straight sets. They traded breaks in games three and four in the opening set, and Basilashvili hit a double fault at 5-5 in the tie break before Opelka closed it with a volley winner.
The second set also kicked off with back-to-back breaks, and Reilly played better in the remaining games to grab two more return games and clinch it 6-3. With momentum on his side, the American served well in the third set and waited for a chance on the return patiently. Serving at 4-5, Nikoloz hit a double fault to get broken and propel the rival through.