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Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Reilly Opelka Tips - Opelka to cover handicap
- US Open Men’s Singles 3rd Round match set at the Grandstand on Saturday (22:00 BST)
- This is the first meeting between the two players
Reilly Opelka (Elsa/Getty Images)
American Reilly Opelka had a really impressive lead-up to the US Open, reaching the final in Cincinnati with wins over Nick Kyrgios, Grigor Dimitrov, Lloyd Harris, Roberto Bautista Agut and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
And the No. 22 seed hasn’t had any issues so far at Flushing Meadows winning both matches in straight sets. Opelka beat South Korean Soon Woo Kwon 7-6(3) 6-4 6-4 in the first round before prevailing over Italy's Lorenzo Musetti 7-6(1) 7-5 6-4 in the second round.
His third-round opponent is journeyman Nikoloz Basilashvili, who didn’t have to do much against Seb Korda in the first round after his opponent retired early in the second set.
Basilashvili's second-round opponent Maxime Cressy, whom he beat 7-6(3) 6-3 7-5, was ranked outside the top 150. The Georgian has been solid in the lead-up with a 4-3 record ahead of the US Open on the hard courts, but none of those four wins were against big servers like Opelka.
Basilashvili has won two titles in 2021, winning in Doha in March an Munich in April. The 29-year-old went off the boil before reaching the semi-finals in Halle where he went down to Andrey Rublev. The Georgian hasn’t won three matches in a row since.
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