American tennis star Reilly Opelka offered a high praise for the level of Daniil Medvedev as he thinks only Rafael Nadal can beat the Spaniard. Medvedev captured his maiden Grand Slam title at last year's US Open after handing a straight-set defeat to world No.
1 Novak Djokovic. Medvedev then fell just short of winning back-to-back Grand Slams as he ended runner-up in the Australian Open final to Nadal. Nadal was down by two sets but he pulled off a stunning comeback to beat Medvedev and lift a record 21st Grand Slam title.
Meanwhile, Opelka made the third round before losing to Denis Shapovalov in four sets. “In the last Grand Slam tournaments, I lost against very strong players. Medvedev, Shapovalov, then Lloyd Harris were on fire against me.
No one but Nadal can beat Medvedev, even Novak was beaten easily at the US Open. I always think I have to improve. I want to serve even better, I want to become physically stronger and faster. In two or three years, I hope to be able to say that I have progressed so much in what I was already doing well today," Opelka told Ubitennis.
Opelka won the inaugural Dallas Open
In his first tournament after the Australian Open, Opelka won Dallas after beating Jenson Brooksby in the final 7-6 (5) 7-6 (3). After the match, Opelka insisted he had to be at his best or otherwise he would have lost the final.
“I thought I played very well under pressure, especially against a great player like Jenson. He makes you very uncomfortable and he took me out of my comfort zone a lot of the match today," Opelka said during the trophy ceremony.
"I really had to play my best tennis to get by and I barely did." Opelka is now playing at this week's ATP event in Delray Beach.