Jenson Brooksby reacts to beating Reilly Opelka in Antwerp opener

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Jenson Brooksby reacts to beating Reilly Opelka in Antwerp opener

Rising American star Jenson Brooksby says he has had a great year and now he wants to end his season on a strong note. Brooksby, 20, made four Challenger finals this year, ended runner-up in Newport and also made the Washington semifinal.

On Tuesday, world No. 70 Brooksby beat No. 5 seed Reilly Opelka 6-4 6-4 in the Antwerp first round. “It’s been a great year. I’m happy. I feel like I’ve been focused this week, playing well,” Brooksby said in his on-court interview.

“I’ll hopefully finish this year strong”. Opelka is one of the best servers on the Tour but Brooksby found a way to break the world No. 25 once in each set. “He’s definitely got one of the best serves on Tour,” Brooksby said.

“I thought we had a good game plan. I’ve been hitting them well and executed pretty well here, so I’m happy with that”.

Brooksby praised by Tommy Haas

Former world No. 2 and current Indian Wells Masters tournament director Haas spoke highly of Brooksby during this past Indian Wells.

"Yeah, Brooksby in his on-court interview after this first round, he said ‘I’m so happy I won. I’m so happy I have the opportunity to be in the next round but I’m not really satisfied with the way I played today, so I’m actually going to go to the practice courts right after this and work on my game a little more.’ You see how focused he is out there," Haas told Boardroom.

"You see also that he’s not the most talented player in the world, but he does everything that he can to try to be the best player that he can be and constantly improve. You can kind of sense that. And the way he fights in the way he represents himself out there.

It’s something special and you don’t see that in all the players, all the time, no matter where you’re from."