Reilly Opelka (6 ft 11 / 2.11 m) and John Isner (6 ft 10 / 2.08 m) played probably the “tallest match-up in tennis history” in the New York semifinal. Therefore, it was expected a huge battle of serves and that what exactly happened.
Reilly and John broke the record for combined aces in a three-set match (81) after Opelka blasted 43 aces and Isner 38. The final score was a massive 6-7 (10) 7-6 (14) 7-6 (4).
Opelka saved 6 match points in the 22nd set tiebreak.
I didn’t put too much pressure on myself. OPELKA
After the match, Reilly commented
“I didn’t put too much stress on myself. It’s not the end of the world if I lose. I thought John served unbelievably well, but he’s the greatest server of all time, so that’s what I expected. I felt like I was scrapping well and neutralizing the ball well.”
The final vs. Brayden Schnur
This will be Opelka’s first career final, and he will face the world no. 154 Rayden Schnur that is also playing his maiden final after he came straight from the qualifications.