Milos Raonic of Canada, the number two seed, will play Reilly Opelka, the number four seed from the United States in the semi-final of the ATP Delray Beach Open on Saturday, February 22. The match will be played at 8 pm local time (2.30 am BST next day). You can find the Milos Raonic v Reilly Opelka live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Milos Raonic v Reilly Opelka Head to Head
The pair have played each other once before, in the third round of Wimbledon last year, Raonic winning that match in straight sets.
Raonic, First Final Since Stuttgart
It has been four years since Raonic won the last of his eight career titles, and the final appearances have dried up as well for the 32 year old, with just one last year in Stuttgart.
However, he now has a chance to improve on that record and make the final again here, hoping to improve on what happened two years ago when he reached the same stage only to lose to the American Frances Tiafoe.
After several years of indifferent form and injury set-backs, there were signs of a return to form for the former Canadian number one in Melbourne, where he got to the quarter final only to lose to Novak Djokovic.
He has built on that in Delray Beach, shrugging off a first round loss in New York last week, making relatively serene progress through to the semi-finals here without dropping a set. He began by beating the qualifier Denis Istomin in the first round for the loss of just four games, and then the German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, was defeated comparatively easily as well.
In his quarter-final with Steve Johnson of the United States on Friday, it was not his serve for once that helped him win, but his ability on the return, particularly when most needed in the first set tie-break, and again in the second set to force the decisive break.
Opelka, Survived First Round Fright to Make Semi-Finals
Former junior Wimbledon champion and world number 54 Opelka has the distinction of being the joint tallest ATP ranked player ever, making his service one of his most powerful weapons.
He won his maiden ATP final last February in 2019, and has made two finals since then, both in doubles, losing with Taylor Fritz at the Swiss Open, and back in New York again last week with Steve Johnson.
Singles-wise, 2020 has not started well for the 22 year old, so this run to the semi-finals will be welcome. He was beaten in the first round in Adelaide by Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, and then again in Melbourne, where he lost a five set battle to the Italian Fabio Fognini. Then he failed to defend his title in New York last week, beaten in the second round by Jason Jung of Taipei, the world 119.
This week he had a real struggle to beat the qualifier Ernests Gulbis in the first round, only squeezing past the Latvian in a third set tie-break. However, he enjoyed a more comfortable win over compatriot Mackenzie McDonald in the second round, and again against the South Korean Soonwoo Kwon in their quarter final on Friday night.
Milos Raonic v Reilly Opelka Predictions & Tips
Raonic is the strong favourite to win this match against a man who has not been in the best of form so far this year, and came close to going out in the first round. He also beat Opelka relatively easily in their one previous meeting, so would appear to have a clear edge.
Tip: Raonic to win in straight sets: 6/5 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)