TennisSection previews the 2022 Sydney Open as Reilly Opelka takes on Brandon Nakashima in the quarterfinals on Thursday, January 13th, 2021.
Will Reilly Opelka get the win? Will Brandon Nakashima pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have an all-American clash with a next-gen star taking on one of the games biggest servers. Who will move on to the semifinals at the 2022 Sydney Open?
Reilly Opelka got a very easy and rare win where he won with multiple breaks against his opponent, winning 6-3 6-2. It’s a good sign for him, showing he can cause trouble off serve too. Opelka will however mainly focus on serving big as he aims to take down Brandon Nakashima, who is pretty inexperienced and doesn’t have an amazing return. I expect Opelka to get through the tighter moments which we will inevitably see in some likely tiebreaks and close games. I think he will just edge out Nakashima, utilizing that massive serve to throw Nakashima out of the draw as he aims to book himself a spot in the semifinals at the 2022 Sydney Open.
Brandon Nakashima has been playing some great tennis, having risen his ranking greatly, and he backed it up by getting the win over Fabio Fognini, defeating him in two very tight tiebreakers. I expect him to play even more tiebreakers considering he’s coming up against Reilly Opelka. Nakashima has a big challenge ahead of him, considering the fact that he doesn’t have a great serve to easily ward off Opelka, nor having the returning skills to combat the ferocity of the Opelka serve. Let’s see what he can bring to the table to fend off the towering American as he aims to move on here at the 2022 Sydney Open.
Reilly Opelka and Brandon Nakashima have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. The two have never met before, but I can already sense that this matchup is not particularly favorable for the lower ranked of the two. Opelka, while mostly a serve, is not just that. He is also able to hit quite a consistent backhand, as well as rip forehands down the court. Nakashima doesn’t have the firepower on his serve to easily keep Opelka at bay and even confirm tiebreakers, while also not having a good enough return to dig into any Opelka games. Considering that Opelka played well in his opener, I don’t expect him to stray from his current level as he aims to edge out Nakashima and move on to the last four at the 2022 Sydney Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Reilly Opelka to win in 3 sets.
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