Opelka claims maiden ATP title in New York
Reilly Opelka broke through for his first ATP Tour trophy after ending the dream run of Brayden Schnur in the New York Open final.
Schnur had never won a main-draw match prior to the ATP 250 tournament in New York, where the 23-year-old Canadian qualifier stunned sixth seed Sam Querrey in the semi-finals.
Despite saving two match points in the second set and five in total, Schnur was unable to cap a fairytale week with victory as big-serving 21-year-old American Opelka prevailed 6-1 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (9-7) on Sunday.
After combining with John Isner to set an ATP record for aces in a three-set match (81) following Saturday's semi, first-time finalist Opelka - who fended off six match points against the top seed - fired down another 43 aces against Schnur.
R-E-I-L-L-Y AMAZING!— New York Open (@NewYorkOpen) February 17, 2019
That was a tall order, but Reilly Opelka gets it done!
Opelka edges Schnur 6-1, 6-7(7), 7-6(7) to win the first @ATP_Tour title of his career right here in NY! pic.twitter.com/TL6tSIjXmp