John Millman defeated Reilly Opelka in straight sets to reach the Japan Open final and book a championship clash against Novak Djokovic. The Australian, speaking in an on-court interview, said: “That was a pretty good match.
It’s always difficult playing against someone like Reilly, who has got such a massive serve. I was really happy to take the few little chances I had and took care of my own service games pretty well. Managing to get through to play a final in Tokyo, that’s pretty special for me.
When he’s got such a big serve and they’re coming down so quick, even if you are leaning towards the right way, it’s still very tough to put that ball back. Really happy, really nice to also get off in straights”.
Millman was speaking when the second semifinal between Djokovic and David Goffin had not started their match yet. On the two players, Millman said: “It doesn’t get any easier, does it? Those two guys are both incredible players, obviously.
Both so strong from the back of the court. That’s what I like to bring into my game, so I’m sure it’ll be physical, lots of baseline exchanges. I get to play a final of an ATP 500 in such a special place like Tokyo.
For me, that’s why you play. That’s why you go through the graft and some of the tougher times, to give yourself an opportunity like this. It’s pretty special”.