18 Feb Terrific Tuesday at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com
Tuesday at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com is sure to be a terrific day for fans with 12 matches scheduled across three courts, more than any other day this week. All three top seeds are in action today with No. 3 seed Taylor Fritz kicking proceedings off on stadium court against qualifier Cameron Norrie. 2017 finalist and No. 2 seed Milos Raonic will be next on against lucky loser Denis Istomin. Rounding out the day session is West Palm Beach resident and No. 4 seed Reilly Opelka who has a tough opening match against two-time Delray Beach Open champion Ernests Gulbis.
In tonight’s sold out night session, defending champion and No. 8 seed Radu Albot will do battle with 2017 champion and fan favorite Jack Sock. The day’s final match will see No. 1 seed Nick Kyrgios play his close friend Tommy Paul in what is sure to be match full of fireworks and maybe a few tweeners. Limited additional seats have been released for this sold out session.
Please see below for a preview of the best matches on terrific Tuesday at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com
Taylor Fritz (USA)  v. [Q] Cameron Norrie (GBR)
The first match on stadium court today pits No. 3 seed Taylor Fritz against qualifier Cameron Norrie. The pair have met on three occasions with Fritz leading the head to head 2-1, having won their last match in Atlanta last year in three sets. Fans can expect to see contrasting game styles in this first round match, with Fritz looking to serve big and use his forehand to keep the points short. While, Norrie will look to extend the points and counterpunch against Fritz’s power game.
[LL] Denis Istomin (UZB) v. Milos Raonic (CAN) 
The second match on stadium court is between Delray Beach Open No. 2 seed and 2017 finalist Milos Raonic against lucky loser Denis Istomin. Istomin had a good win against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round of qualifying but lost in the final round to American Noah Rubin after having a match point. Raonic comes into today’s match on the back of a quarter final appearance at the Australian Open but suffered an early exit last week at the New York Open. Raonic leads the pairs head to head 4-0 and expect to see him bounce back today on a court he has had success on in the past.
[Q] Ernests Gulbis (LAT) v. Reilly Opelka (USA) 
Perhaps the pick of Tuesday’s day session is a heavy hitting encounter between Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com No. 4 seed Reilly Opelka and two-time Delray Beach champion Ernests Gulbis. This will be the pair’s first meeting, with Gulbis entering the match in slightly better form, winning five matches at the Australian Open as he came through qualifying to reach the 3rd round, beating No. 18 Felix Auger-Aliassime in the first round. Opelka on the other hand only has one match win in his opening three tournaments of 2020. Opelka served 1, 014 aces in 2019, the second most on tour, he will need a few more of those today if he hopes to beat Gulbis.
[LL] Stefan Kozlov v. Ugo Humbert (FRA)  – third on Court 1
Delray Beach Open Wildcard Survivor tournament winner Stefan Kozlov will get his chance in the main draw of an ATP 250 for the first time since 2018 as he was granted lucky loser status to take on No. 6 seed Ugo Humbert today. Kozlov will have his work cut out for him on court 1 as he faces one of the form players on the ATP tour. Humbert already has a title in 2020 winning in Auckland in January which propelled him to a career high ranking of No. 43. Kozlov, 22, was ranked as high as No. 115 in the world in 2017. Today’s match will be the pair’s first meeting on the ATP Tour.
Radu Albot (MDA)  v. [WC] Jack Sock (USA)
Opening Tuesday’s night session are two former Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com champions. No. 8 seed and defending champion Radu Albot takes on wild card entry and 2017 champion Jack Sock in one of the highest profile opening round matches of this year’s event. The pair’s one and only meeting came at the same stage of this tournament in 2017. Sock won that match 6-4, 7-6(2) and would go on to take the title. However, the pair enter this match following very contrasting years in 2019. Sock had a year to forget missing over 6 months with a broken thumb, while Albot is coming off a career best year having won his first title here and rising to a career high ranking of No. 39 in the world. Sock will be needing all of the crowd support tonight if he hopes to repeat his 2017 efforts.