Semi-final Saturday at the Delray Beach Open

Semi-final Saturday at the Delray Beach Open


Saturday at the Delray Beach Open by 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 No. 6 seed Ugo Humbert and Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan. Both men overcame American opponents in Friday’s quarterfinals. Nishioka needed six match-points and came from a set down to end 18-year-old Brandon Nakashima’s dream run 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4. While, Humbert played his best match of the week brushing aside 2018 Delray Beach Open champion Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour. Saturday’s encounter will be Humbert’s fifth career ATP semi-final and Nishioka’s third, as they both chase their second career tour final. This will be the pair’s first meeting on the ATP Tour and the Delray Beach Open’s first all left handed semi-final since 1995. Humbert will enter the match slightly favored having spent less time on court compared to Nishioka. Humbert enters the semi-final on the back of two straight sets wins, whereas Nishioka has been pushed to three sets twice with his quarterfinal lasting two hours and 25 minutes. Nishioka is bidding to become the first Japanese man in the final here since Kei Nishikori in 2008. If Humbert wins, he will be the first Frenchmen in the final since Edouard Roger-Vasselin in 2013. Wintery conditions are forecasted for Saturday, whoever can get settled early in this match will have a great chance of progressing to Sunday’s final and become the first left handed finalist in Delray since Donald Young in 2015.

[4] Reilly Opelka (USA) vs [2] Milos Raonic – not before 6 pm


The second semi-final and opening night session match will feature two of the biggest servers in tennis history. Local West Palm resident and Delray Beach Open by and No. 4 seed Reilly Opelka will take on No. 2 seed and Milos Raonic from Canada. Opelka, 22, overcame the worst conditions of the tournament on a cold and blustery Friday night in Delray. The six foot 11 inch American fired 16 aces, taking his weekly tally to 53 (tournament leader), in a 6-3, 6-4 win over giant killer Soonwoo Kwon of South Korea. This is Opelka’s third trip down to Delray and Saturday’s semi will be his sixth semi-final on the ATP Tour but first here at the Delray Beach Open. If Opelka can overcome Raonic on Saturday night he will make his second ever tour final, having won his first career title in New York last year. Raonic followed Opelka on stadium court Friday night as the temperature dropped into the low 60s. He was able to survive a marathon opening set to beat Steve Johnson 7-6(6), 6-3. Raonic is making his third appearance in Delray, with his best result coming in 2017 when he made a run to the final before withdrawing due to injury. The 29-year-old Canadian is chasing his 23rd ATP Tour final, his first since Stuttgart in 2018, and his ninth career title. Saturday will be Raonic’s 42nd career semi-final but is his first since June of last year. This towering duo have only met once before, last year at Wimbledon. Raonic was the victor that day, Opelka’s serve not a factor, in a 7-6(1), 6-2, 6-1 win for the Canadian. Saturday’s forecast shows weather clearing with conditions clearing for the evening session. If the weather does indeed clear, fans can expect to witness a serving clinic as Opelka has yet to drop serve in the tournament and Raonic has only lost his serve once.