ATP Roundup: Opelka upsets Medvedev in St. Petersburg

Daniil Medvedev avoided another disappointment at home

Daniil Medvedev avoided another disappointment at home

Reilly Opelka recorded 11 aces while notching a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 upset of top-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.

This is Reilly Opelka's projected draw with the projected opponents at the St. Petersburg Open.

Since reaching the semifinals of the US Open, Medvedev has gone 1-3. The testy Russian promptly smashed his tennis racquet before he packed up his belongings and made a hasty retreat off the court, while the 23-year-old Opelka basked in the spotlight while celebrating arguably the biggest win of his young career.

Denis Shapovalov also progressed to the next stage with a straightforward 6-1 6-4 victory over Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka.

He will face Stan Wawrinka for a place in the last four.

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Opelka converted his third set point to break the top-seeded Medvedev in the final game in the second set, and then broke for a second time at 5-4 in the third to clinch the match.

Andrey Rublev came back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 against Ugo Humbert and next plays Cameron Norrie of Britain. No. 4 Karen Khachanov posted a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over wild card and fellow Russian Aslan Karatsev and No. 6 Milos Raonic of Canada rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan.

Opelka faces a quarterfinal against seventh-seeded Borna Coric.

The 6-foot-11 American recovered from a shaky first set to record an upset of the defending champion in the hardcourt event. Raonic served nine aces and won 71 percent (42 of 59) of his service points.

Reilly Opelka loves to collect modern art.

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