The world No. 43, John Millman of Australia. will take on Reilly Opelka, of the USA, the world number 35, in the first round of the 2021 ATP Queen’s on Monday, June 14. Get the live streaming options of this John Millman v Reilly Opelka match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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John Millman v Reilly Opelka Head to Head
The pair have met once before. On hard courts at the Tokyo Open in 2019, Millman winning their semi-fianl in straight sets.
Millman Has Injury Concerns
Millman, who won his first senior ATP event as a professional, after nearly 15 years on tour at the end of last year, lifting the Astana Open Trophy.
He is known as a tough and durable competitor, and he has competed at Wimbledon five times before, twice reaching the third round.
The Australian’s 2021, however, did not start so well, and he lost in the first round of the first five events he entered.
He showed some signs of revival on clay, but his campaign at the French Open was over before it began. He tweaked his back in the warm-up and had to withdraw at the last minute, to be replaced by a lucky loser.
That also caused him to withdraw from the event in Stuttgart last week.
It now remains to be seen if he will be fit enough to participate in this one and if so, match-fit enough to get past his opponent.
Big Serving American Opelka Betters Clay Showing
As the joint tallest professional in the history of the game and with his powerful serve, grass should be well suited to Opelka’s skill set, and it is perhaps surprising that he has only qualified for Wimbledon once, making the third round in 2019.
This year, he surprised many by reaching the semi-final of the Rome Masters, beating a number of clay court specialists along the way.
He then reached the third round in Paris, his best ever performance at a Garand Slam,. Defeating Andrej Martin of Slovakia and Jaume Munar of Spain, before his run was ended by the number two seed Daniil Medvedev.
This will be his first match on grass this year.
Millman v Opelka Prediction and Tip
Millman will be hoping that his back has recovered enough to mount a serious challenge at Queen’s, whilst Opelka, having unexpectedly prospered on clay, must now adapt his game to grass. Backing Opelka to get past Millman in this one.