Tennis: US Teen Opelka Surprises South Africa's Anderson
Fakhir Rizvi Published August 04, 2016 | 01:56 PM
ATLANTA, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Augst,2016) - Reilly Opelka saved two match points en route to upsetting third seed Kevin Anderson 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-5 and advancing to the quarter-finals of the ATP Tour's Atlanta Open. The 2.11 meter tall (6-foot-11) Opelka, who is ranked 556th in the world, registered his first win over a top 30 ATP opponent.
The 18-year-old American twice faced match point with the hard-serving South African serving at 5-4 in the third set. He got out of trouble both times and went on to win the final three games of the match.
The 2015 Wimbledon junior champion next faces seventh-seeded Donald Young, who rallied to beat Tim Smyczek 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3. Young trailed 3-0 in the second set before seizing control. Top-seeded John Isner cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-0 rout of France's Adrian Mannarino.