Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios says he is excited about facing Reilly Opelka in the Houston semifinal as he is hoping he and the big-serving American will put on a show for the croed. Kyrgios, a former world No. 13, is enjoying a strong run in Houston as he reached the semifinal following a Michael Mmoh walkover.
Before the Mmoh walkover, Kyrgios defeated Mackenzie McDonald and Tommy Paul. Next up for Kyrgios is a second career meeting against Opelka. Opelka claimed a straight-set win over Kyrgios when they met at the Toronto Masters last year.
"I'm excited to be in the semi-final against Reilly, someone who's been playing extremely good for the last couple of years. Really finding his game style and executing," Kyrgios said, per the ATP Tour website. "I'm just excited to go out there again in front of the Houston crowd.
The key is going to be serving well. We'll see, it might come down to a couple of points."
Kyrgios enjoying his week in Houston
In Australia, Kyrgios suggested he would skip the entire clay season for the third consecutive year.
The Houston organizers reached out to Kyrgios during the Sunshine Double and he accepted their offer to come to their tournament. After Houston, Kyrgios plans to return to Australia and we won't be seeing him until the grass season.
"I think we're both pretty comfortable in the clay, as it seems in this tournament," Kyrgios said. "I think Houston's pretty good conditions for both of us." In Toronto last year, Opelka recovered from a set down to beat Kyrgios.
It wasn't easy the first time they met and Opelka doesn't expect it to be easy when they meet in Houston. "Nick, you never know what you're going to get," Opelka said of facing Kyrgios. "I've got to serve better than the way I've been to beat that guy, for sure."