Reilly Opelka and Borna Coric will square off against each other in the quarterfinals of the ATP Petersburg Open on Friday. The big serving American, Opelka who had failed to win a match on tour for almost 2 months prior to the tournament, has rediscovered his form as he defeated the top seed and defending champion, Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in Round 2. Borna Coric defeated Roman Safuillin in the 2nd round to progress into the last 8.
- Fixture: Borna Coric(CRO) vs Reilly Opelka(USA)
- Date: October 16, 2020
- Tournament: St. Petersburg Open
- Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
- Category: ATP 500 event
- Court Surface: Indoor Hard Courts
- Timing: Appox. 6:10 PM IST or 1:40 PM BST
Reilly Opelka vs Borna Coric: Match Preview
Reilly Opelka entered the tournament in Petersburg after two first round losses at the US Open and the French Open. The American defeated N.Serdurasic in 3 sets in Round 1. In the 2nd round, he defeated the top seed and the defending champion, Daniil Medvedev in another 3 set victory to progress into the last 8.
Borna Coric defeated Feliciano Lopez in Round 1 in straight sets. In the 2nd round, he had another straight sets victory over the Russian, Roman Safuillin to set up a quarterfinal clash against the big serving American, Opelka.
Reilly Opelka vs Borna Coric: Head-to-Head
The duo have faced off against each other only once before where Opelka emerged victorious. They faced off at 2019 Cincinnati in the first round where the American won in 3 sets and leads the head-to-head record 1-0.
Reilly Opelka vs Borna Coric: Match Prediction
Reilly Opelka would be oozing with confidence after his 2nd round victory over Daniil Medvedev on Thursday. The American has finally rediscovered his lethal serve and has found some form. Borna Coric, the talented Croatian has also had a great tournament so far, not dropping a set in the 2 matches he has played. Given that Opelka has played two tough 3 set matches in a span of 2 days, there would be a few signs of exhaustion which the Crotian can exploit and emerge victorious.
Match Prediction: Borna Coric to defeat Reilly Opelka in 3 sets.