Rising American star Jenson Brooksby failed to lift his maiden ATP title on Sunday but he was satisfied with his week at the inaugural Dallas Open. Brooksby, seeded at No. 4, was edged out by fellow American Reilly Opelka in straight sets.
Second-seeded Opelka defeated Brooksby 7-6 (5) 7-6 (3) to win his third ATP title. Brooksby was playing in his second ATP final and for the second time he ended a runner-up. “I thought I competed better and it’s definitely a really good week to build off of going into the future,” Brooksby said, per the ATP website.
Opelka played better in the key moments
As not a single break point was seen in the first set, the opener had to be resolved in a tie-break. Opelka won five consecutive points to take a 6-2 lead, before realizing his fourth set point to win a tight opener.
Opelka took an early 3-0 lead in the second set tie-break and realized his first match point to escape with a straight-set win. “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”. Brooksby has been tipped to become a great player and do great things.
“I’m a big fan of his game, a big believer in him. He’s super young and he’s got a lot of tennis ahead of him still," Opelka said. "The scary thing is he has a lot to even improve on and I think that’s why he’s a future Top 10 player and he’s going to be winning many titles for many years to come”.