Sydney Open 2022: Reilly Opelka vs. Jordan Thompson Tennis Pick and Prediction

Sydney Open 2022: Reilly Opelka vs. Jordan Thompson Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Sydney Open as Reilly Opelka takes on Jordan Thompson in the second round on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022.

Will Reilly Opelka register his first win of the season at the 2022 Sydney Open? Or will Jordan Thompson continue to impress in front of his home crowd? This should be a very entertaining second-round match between these two players who are meeting for the first time at tour level.

Reilly Opelka did not have the best of starts to 2022. The towering American lost to compatriot Maxime Cressy this past week in Melbourne, spurning two match points in their titanic three-set slugfest. And to compound Opelka’s misery, an Australian bird relieved itself on his hat from the night sky. They always say it is a sign of good fortune, but it was hard luck on the court for the 24-year-old who has now won once in his last seven matches dating back to the end of last season. Opelka will play the crowd favorite Jordan Thompson at the Sydney Open looking to halt that torrid winless streak.

Jordan Thompson loves playing on Australian soil. The 27-year-old Sydney native is seeking to win back-to-back matches on the ATP Tour for the first time since Atlanta last July. Thompson could replicate that feat and reach a first quarterfinal at the Sydney Open. Lest we forget, he performed with distinction at the Great Ocean Road Open last season in the final warm up tournament just before the Australian Open. Can he master the big-serving Reilly Opelka?

Reilly Opelka and Jordan Thompson have not played each other at tour level before. However, the pair have crossed paths on the ATP Challenger Tour on the grass courts of Surbiton almost five years ago. The Australian World No. 73 bamboozled a 19-year-old Opelka in straight sets en route to the final. Things should be very different this time. I’ll treat the Opelka’s defeat to Maxime Cressy as just a minor blip. The American has a better serve, a superior reach and remarkably, very decent court positioning even for his height. Expect him to get his first win on the board on Wednesday at the Sydney Open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Reilly Opelka in 3 sets.

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