TennisSection previews the 2021 Washington Open as Reilly Opelka  takes on Daniel Elahi Galan in the Round of 32 on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021.
Will Daniel Elahi Galan get another win under his belt? Will Reilly Opelka continue his good form? Wednesday’s match will be interesting to see how Galan can take on Opelkas serve. Who will move on to the Round of 32 at the 2021 Washington Open?
Reilly Opelka is coming into this match having just won his maiden doubles title alongside Yannik Sinner in Atlanta. He got a BYE in his first-round match, whilst his opponent already has a match under his belt. While Opelka is the favorite, he isn’t the most consistent player, having mostly his service as a weapon to win matches, so as long as his service isn’t off and he’s able to occasionally stay in the points and use his huge groundstrokes, I think he should be able to get through the match and move on to the Round of 16 at the Washington Open.
Daniel Elahi Galan got a nice win under his belt, seeing off Tommy Paul 6-4 6-3. His win % on the first serve against Paul was a nice 81%. So against Reilly, I expect it to be pretty high, if it isn’t, then he’ll definitely run into some problems. As long as he can get a few returns back in play, especially in tiebreakers, he can just go for his shots since he won’t be getting those opportunities often. Assuming he does this, he can score a few points on his serve and have looks to break or stay ahead in breakers, although it’s definitely much easier said than done for him to be able to move on to the next round at the Washington Open.
Reilly Opelka and Daniel Elahi Galan have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. As long as Opelka stays firm on serve as he usually does, the few points that he does excel on on returns will most likely allow him to stay ahead in the match. He has his ranking for a reason, and shouldn’t have too much trouble with this encounter, but it’s always possible for him to fall just short against any opponent. I expect a close one, let’s see who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Washington Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Reilly Opelka to win.
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