Schnur conquers Querrey to reach maiden ATP final

ATP New York John Isner Reilly Opelka and Sam Querrey shine at home

ATP New York John Isner Reilly Opelka and Sam Querrey shine at home

He fought off all three break points for Lorenzi and recorded the decisive break late in the third set to take a 6-5 lead.

"It just sucks to go down the way it happened, a challenge at 7-all, that close, and then 30-second break nearly and hit second serve in the net, double fault, super tough".

"I struggled with (confidence) a bit early in my career, but I believe I belong with the top guys, these types of tournaments, playing every week", said Schnur. He did so again in the semifinals against Isner, when they combined for 81 aces, the most ever in a three-set match. "I served very well".

It was similar to their meeting in Melbourne, when Opelka beat the ninth-ranked Isner in a first-round match that went four tiebreakers.

"I tightened up at the wrong time", Schnur said. "I wasn't feeling good, I was exhausted and just ended up coming here, and obviously making an ATP final blows my mind", Schnur said.

Reilly Opelka blasted 43 aces on the way to winning his first ATP Tour title with a 6-1 6-7 (7) 7-6 (7) victory over Canadian Brayden Schnur at the New York Open on Sunday.

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On Saturday, he saved five set points in the first set of 7-6 (7) 4-6 6-3 victory over No. 6 seed Sam Querrey. Schnur was the final alternate accepted into the tournament's qualifying draw and was almost gone from Long Island quickly, eventually overcoming two match points to beat No. 3 seed Steve Johnson in the second round.

After saving six match points in a marathon second set, Opelka moved a step closer to his maiden ATP title following the two hour, 31-minute contest. Schnur has played a ton of tennis to get to this point, and he has a shot at the biggest win of his career if he can continue to dominate his first serve the way he has lately.

"Both of us were serving ridiculously well, so it was always going to come down to that", Isner said.

It was no different in the semi-finals, as Schnur struck 12 aces and won an impressive 79% of first serves against Querrey.

Isner was seeking his 15th ATP title and first since winning a year ago in Atlanta.

Even after a tougher second set, Opelka had two match points in the tiebreaker.

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