Atlanta - Reilly Opelka saved two match points en route to upsetting
third seed Kevin Anderson 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-5 and advancing to the
quarter-finals of the ATP Tour's Atlanta Open.
The 2.11 metre tall Opelka, who is ranked 556th in the world, registered his first win over a top 30 ATP opponent.
18-year-old American twice faced match point with the hard-serving
South African serving at 5-4 in the third set. He got out of trouble
both times and went on to win the final three games of the match.
blasted 20 aces and had six double faults against the 28th-ranked
Anderson, who finished with 14 aces and 14 double faults.
received a wild-card entry into the Atlanta tournament. The 2015
Wimbledon junior champion next faces seventh-seeded Donald Young, who
rallied to beat Tim Smyczek 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3.
Young trailed 3-0
in the second set before seizing control. Top-seeded John Isner cruised
into the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-0 rout of France's Adrian
Results from the ATP event in Atlanta on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):
Reilly Opelka (USA) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA x3) 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-5
John Isner (USA x1) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-4, 6-0
Donald Young (USA x7) bt Tim Smyczek (USA) 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3