Fixation: (1) Reilly Opelka vs. Ilya Ivashka
Date: July 27, 2022
Tournament: Atlanta Open 2022
Round: Second round (1/8 final)
Venue: Atlanta, USA
Category: ATP 250
Prize money: $708,530
Timing of matches: Not before 7:00 p.m. local time, 11:00 p.m. GMT and 4:30 a.m. IST
Live broadcast: United States – Tennis Channel | Canada – TSN | Australia – beIN Sports
Reilly Opelka vs Ilya Ivashka preview
After a first-round bye, top seed Reilly Opelka will face Ilya Ivashka in the second round of the 2022 Atlanta Open on Wednesday.
Opelka concluded their grass-court swing with a second-round exit from Wimbledon. He has performed quite well on the hard courts this year and will also be aiming to replicate his form on the surface during the second half of the season.
Opelka reached the semi-finals of the Sydney Tennis Classic earlier this year. He then retired in the third round of the Australian Open. He won his third career title and first of the season at the Dallas Open. He reached the final of the Delray Beach Open the following week, but lost to Cameron Norrie, also ending his seven-game winning streak.
Opelka then reached the fourth round of the Indian Wells Open, but was beaten by Rafael Nadal. At the Miami Open, an injury forced him to withdraw midway through his second-round clash. Twice semi-finalist at the Atlanta Open, the American will this time be eager to go all the way.
Ilya Ivashka faced Quentin Halys in the first round of the Atlanta Open. He started the match on a strong note, dishing out a bagel to win the first set. The Belarusian got a break point in the fifth game of the second set but failed to make the most of it. This proved costly as he lost serve in the next game to trail 4-2.
Halys held onto his lead and quickly served the set to bring the match to a decider. The two players were neck and neck for most of the third set. Ivashka earned the decisive break in the eighth game of the final set to lead 5-3. He then easily served the match to win 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.
Reilly Opelka vs Ilya Ivashka H2H
This will be the duo’s first meeting, so the head-to-head sits at 0-0 so far.
Reilly Opelka vs Ilya Ivashka Odds
(All odds sourced from BetMGM)
Reilly Opelka vs Ilya Ivashka Prediction
Opelka is 13-6 on hard courts this year, while Ivashka’s record is 4-4, even after including her first-round win at the Atlanta Open. The American will be favored to get out of this confrontation.
Against Halys in the first round, Ivashka started strong, but was unable to sustain the intensity throughout the match. He allowed his opponent back into the game before stepping up his game in the decider. He can’t afford to do the same against a player like Opelka.
Ivashka has a pretty reliable serve and he used it to the full in the previous round. He hit seven aces and won a decent number of points with his first serve. But he faces an even better server in the form of Opelka. The American is ranked second and third on the ATP Tour when it comes to the number of aces touchdowns and service games won this year.
Ivashka will try to break Opelka’s serve with her big forehand. While the 24-year-old’s game centers around his massive serve, he’s quite competent in other aspects as well. Expect the American to make a winning start to the campaign in Atlanta.
Take: Reilly Opelka wins in straight sets.