In a battle between the event’s top two seeds, Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie took on second-seeded American Reilly Opelka in the finals of the Delray Beach Open on Sunday.
Norrie, a former standout at TCU, got the better of the American in both tiebreakers, edging out a 7-6(1), 7-6(4) victory to claim his third career ATP Tour title.
“I thought I played a very clean match,” said Norrie. “I didn’t face a break point which was great. I’m happy with the way I served both yesterday and today. The tiebreakers I played extremely aggressive, especially in the second, I managed to put a few balls away. I’m super happy to get the win and obviously beat a guy like Reilly, who is confident and playing well after winning last week. It was a great week for me here.”
Despite Opelka’s typical domination in tiebreakers, Norrie was the aggressor in each of them on Sunday afternoon. In the second, a backhand volley gave Norrie a match point at 6-4. Opelka then sailed a forehand wide to seal the title for Norrie.
“Being in these situations more often, I feel more relaxed now,” Norrie said of his improvement. “I think I’ve improved in all areas, especially the fundamentals like the serve and return, and trying to dictate from the beginning of the point. I’m definitely playing more aggressively now than I did when I was in college and early on in my career on tour; I had a tendency to be passive.”
Opelka was seeking to win titles in back-to-back weeks after his triumph at the Dallas Open the week prior.
“It was a nice two weeks, it’s going to be tough to recover,” said Opelka. “I played a lot of three set matches here, my body is definitely feeling it.”
Norrie moves up one spot to No. 12 in the world rankings, while Opelka is up two spots to No. 18.
In the doubles final, Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherlands and El Salvador’s Marcelo Arevalo defeated Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Quereshi 6-2, 6-7(5), 10-4, following up their Dallas Open title with a triumph in Delray Beach.
“It’s awesome. To get back-to-back titles is great,” said Rojer. “At the same time, every match is different. We’re happy with the result, happy with the work we are doing on the court during matches and off the court during practices. It’s been paying off.”