Melbourne Open 2022: Reilly Opelka vs. Maxime Cressy Tennis Pick and Prediction

Melbourne Open 2022: Reilly Opelka vs. Maxime Cressy Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Melbourne Open as Reilly Opelka takes on Maxime Cressy in the second round on Thursday, January 6th, 2021.

Which of these two Americans will come out here and get a solid win under their belt as they aim to reach the Quarter-Finals of the 2022 Melbourne Open? Will it be the qualifier, Maxime Cressy, or will it be the serve bot Reilly Opelka?

Maxime Cressy has been playing some solid tennis recently, getting some good wins under his belt to qualify for the 2022 Melbourne Open, and then in the opening round he beat another qualifier, Rinky Hijikata, in 2 easy sets 6-3 / 6-0. Maxime is a good player on his day, but his best level is mainly good enough to get far into Challenger Tour tournaments. When it comes to ATP Tournaments, Maxime usually goes as far as the second round before being beaten. How will he fare against his fellow American, Reilly Opelka?

Reilly Opelka will come out here looking forward to getting some minutes on court as he would have loves to have been part of the Team USA ATP Cup team, but knew that he would get limited minutes so decided to come to the 2022 Melbourne Open instead. Reilly is evolving his game, which we saw in the second half of 2021, as he is now able to rally a bit better as he has worked on his movement and is not just a servebot. Opelka knows that he has strong chances to go far both here and at the Australian Open, especially after he made his maiden Masters 1000 Final in 2021, but he cannot take the likes of Maxime Cressy too lightly.

Reilly Opelka and Maxime Cressy have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. As mentioned before, Cressy is not an experienced player on the ATP Tour, having only played 15 matches and having won 8 of them. Opelka on the other hand is a regular on the ATP Tour and he has really began to improve his game over the last year. Cressy will be happy to have come this far at the 2022 Melbourne Open, and even if he plays his best tennis, I don’t think he will be ready to try and return the serve of Reilly Opelka.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Reilly Opelka in 2 Sets.

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