Author: Tomi Garguilo

Setup All-Lefty Semifinal Clash By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan and Frenchman Ugo Humbert continued their scorching hot play this year by winning their respective quarterfinal matches Friday afternoon to secure their first semifinal appearances at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. Nishioka, ranked No. 63 in the world, stopped an impressive ATP Tour debut by 18-year-old American Brandon Nakashima after Humbert, the No. 6 seed here, ousted American and 2018 Delray champion Frances Tiafoe. Nishioka battled back from a set down and had to win a second-set tiebreaker to take down Nakashima, who turned pro only two months ago but defeated two Top 100-ranked players to become the first player in Delray Beach Open history to reach the quarterfinals in his ATP tournament main draw debut. Nishioka’s 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 victory against Nakashima and Humbert’s 6-1, 6-2 win against Tiafoe sets up an...

by VITACOST.com Saturday at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com is semi-finals day with four exciting matches scheduled for the day. The Bryan brothers will open the day’s play at 12:30 p.m. against Marcelo Arevalo and Jonny O’Mara. The first singles semi-final will follow and will feature two Young ATP stars as No. 6 seed Ugo Humbert tackles Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan. Two literal giants of the game will play first in the night session not before 6 p.m. as Milos Raonic takes on fellow big server Reilly Opelka. The nightcap will feature the second doubles semi-final between No. 4 seeds Luke Bambridge and Ben McLachlan against Nikola Cacic and Hugo Nys. Here is a breakdown of the matches: [6] Ugo Humbert (FRA) vs Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) – not before 3 p.m. Saturday’s first semi-final will feature Frenchmen and Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com No. 6 seed Ugo...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Reilly Opelka overwhelmed another opponent with his powerful pinpoint serve Friday night at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. Opelka delivered 16 aces with no double faults en route to a 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal win against Soonwoo Kwon of Korea in extremely blustery conditions at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. The victory sends the lanky 6-foot-11 American to his first semifinal in Delray Beach. Opelka, ranked No. 54 in the world and the No. 4 seed here this week, has registered 53 aces in seven sets over three matches – the most of any player here this week -- that has propelled him to his first semifinal since last October at Basel. He improved his record at Delray Beach to 6-2, having also advanced to the quarterfinals here in 2018. “I was lucky. It was kind of a crapshoot today,”...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Reilly Opelka rallied from a set down and staved off a match point to defeat Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 Sunday to reach his first final at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. The 6-foot-11 American will have very little time to celebrate the accomplishment, however. The semifinal match was postponed Saturday night because of rain and moved to Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The championship final between Opelka, the No. 4 seed here this week, and Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan will be contested Sunday afternoon not before 3:30 p.m. after suitable rest for Opelka. Raonic, ranked No. 37 in the world, was leading 6-5 and had a chance to close out the match in the second-set tiebreaker, but he hit a forehand long on match point and Opelka went on to win the tiebreaker and closed out the match by registering...

Bryans Reach 8th Delray Beach Final By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – They might be on their farewell tour, but the Bryan Brothers are not ready to leave Delray Beach just yet. The American twins, the all-time winningest doubles team in ATP Tour history and the defending champions here, penciled their names into their eighth final at the Delray Beach Open on Saturday afternoon, rallying from a set down to defeat Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Jonny O’Mara of Great Britain 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-4 in the doubles semifinals at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. It’s the second consecutive match that the 41-year-old twins have been stretched to a match tiebreaker after being awarded a walk-over win in the first round. “We’ve been playing good breakers all week,” Mike Bryan said. “We got a huge lead and just hung on. . . . The first set was...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The Bryan Brothers said goodbye to Delray Beach on Sunday afternoon, authoring a script practically right out of Hollywood. The retiring American twins, making their 13th and final appearance at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open, once again escaped the jaws of defeat with a dramatic movie-like comeback to claim their sixth title here with a 3-6, 7-5, 10-5 victory against Luke Bambridge of Great Britain and Ben McLachlan of Japan in front of a highly partisan crowd at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. It’s the second consecutive year the Bryans have hoisted the championship trophy in Delray Beach, and it’s the sixth tournament that they have won six times – the others being the Australian Open, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and Monte Carlo. “Maybe we should just retire today,” Mike Bryan said to the appreciative crowd following the match....

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Yoshihito Nishioka raised his arms in exultation and flashed a big smile toward the stands early Saturday night after his three-set victory against Ugo Humbert in the semifinals of the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open sent him to his second career final. Nishioka became even more emotional several minutes later when he was informed that the win also guaranteed him a Top 50 world ranking. “I was waiting for that. It was a very long time,” Nishioka said after pausing to digest the news following his roller-coaster 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 win against Humbert. Nishioka had reached a career-high ATP world ranking of No. 58 about three years ago and was trending toward reaching the Top 50, an important goal of his. Soon after that, he sustained a left ACL injury at the Miami Open that put his tennis career on hold...