The first duel of the Laver Cup Come in Casper ruud and Reilly opelka ended with a victory for the Norwegian 6-3 and 7-6 (4) and left some sensations on the court little expected by both.
The American was the one who most emphasized the latter, emphasizing that, despite being a hard court, it made the game very slow: “The conditions are the slowest I have played in, the combo with the court and the ball made things worse.. I tried to make some adjustments, use the serve and the volley, get a little bigger and appear more aggressive. “
Their last confrontation between them was at the Cincinnati Masters 1000 where, despite having lost, Opelka noticed a totally different game in the European: “The court was completely different. Cincinnati was fast and alive. This was slow and dead. Definitely the most extreme condition that I have played here in terms of ball speed on the court, “commented the current 19 in the world at a press conference.
For his part, the newly admitted Top 10 He was told about what his rival said and his answer did not have much discrepancy: “It’s one of the slowest hard tracks, yes I agree. It may not be compared to clay, but it is quite slow. His service was not as fast as it usually is. I think today it was an advantage for me to get a hard track in these conditions. “
“It is also a bit slippery at times. There is some sand and I imagine that for a tall guy like him it can be a bit difficult to move when he is like this,” commented the Norwegian after his victory that places him 3-0 up in the ranking. scales before the native of Michigan.