Proud moment for Reilly Opelka as he wins maiden ATP Tour trophy

Reilly Opelka fist pump

Reilly Opelka can call himself an ATP Tour trophy winner after he won the New York Open with a three-set victory over Brayden Schnur.

The 21-year-old Opelka, the 2015 Wimbledon Boys’ Singles champion, beat the Canadian qualifier 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (9-7) in two hours and three minutes to secure his maiden title.

The American, who saw off top seed John Isner in the semi-final, took just 18 minutes to win the opening set, but after no breaks of serve in the second set, Schnur hit back via the tie-breaker.

Both players were solid on their serves again in the decider and, after wasting three match points, Opelka finally got the job done at the fourth time of asking.

“This [title] is definitely what I’m most proud of,” he said. “I was tough mentally, especially losing a lot of first sets this week, and my first serve really helped me out. I was able to play clutch in those big moments.”

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