Millman exits to Opelka in marathon Delray Beach semifinal
John Millman pushes Reilly Opelka to a marathon semifinal at the Delray Beach Open, before the American claims a three-set victory.
John Millman has staged a tremendous battle in the semifinals of the Delray Beach Open in Florida, before No.2 seed Reilly Opelka claimed a 7-6(8) 6-7(3) 7-6(6) victory.
Competing before a home crowd at the ATP 250 tournament, the Florida-based Opelka required exactly three hours to secure victory,
The 211cm Opelka served 16 aces as he maintained composure against a fighting Millman, who held a set point in the 60-minute opener and saved three match points at 4-5 in the second set.
Millman saved nine of the 10 break points that he faced against Opelka, who recorded his seventh straight match win.
Last week, the 24-year-old American lifted a third ATP trophy in Dallas. Currently sitting at world No.20, Opelka is just one spot away from his career-high No.19 ranking.
Still, the world No.91-ranked Millman will take heart from a stunning week at Delray Beach.
It marked a first ATP-level semifinal since October 2020, when Millman claimed the Nur-Sultan title in Kazakhstan.
Further adding to confidence, this week marks the first time the Queenslander has claimed back-to-back match wins since last October.
Alongside a rankings boost, Millman will collect USD $30,980 in prize money from his impressive week on tour.
Men’s singles, semifinals
 Reilly Opelka (USA) d John Millman (AUS) 7-6(8) 6-7(3) 7-6(6)