American tennis player Reilly Opelka dropped a major praise on world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas ahead of their clash at the Toronto Masters. Opelka, ranked at No. 32 in the world, surprised world No. 18 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 7-6 (1) to reach the Toronto Masters semifinal.
Opelka will be fighting French Open runner-up Tsitsipas for a place in the Toronto final. “[Tsitsipas] has got a great serve," Opelka said, per the ATP website. "He has the best forehand in the world right now and he moves very well.
It is very hard to find his backhand, he moves to the left to cover it. He hits forehands from every part of the court, is aggressive and competes well”.
Opelka came up big in key moments of the second set
Opelka claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game and then held on to their serve for the rest of the set to win the opener.
As not a single break point was seen in the second set -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Bautista Agut won the opening point before Opelka won seven consecutive points to win the set and book a straight-set win.
Despite the loss, Bautista Agut thought it was a positive campaign for him in Canada. "I think I was doing things well,” Bautista Agut said. “I was playing aggressively. I was winning a lot of points with my serve, also with my second serve.
When you play Reilly [Opelka] or John [Isner], these kind of players, everything happens in two, three points. “I felt good on court. I felt the fire inside me again, the spirit on the court. I felt good here in Canada. I think it was a positive week for me."
It remains to be seen if Opelka can stun Tsitsipas and reach the Toronto final. Opelka is having a great campaign in Toronto and he will certainly be determined to reach his maiden Masters final in Canada.