Thompson vs Opelka: prediction for the ATP Sydney match
Jordan Thompson takes on Reilly Opelka in the Sydney International match on Wednesday, January 12. Who will progress to the next round of the tournament? Our prediction is in the article below.
Jordan Thompson played two three-set matches at the tournament in Melbourne last week. He defeated Christopher O'Connell (1-6, 7-5, 6-4), and then was ousted by Emil Ruusuvuori (6-7, 7-5, 3-6). In Sydney, the Australian tennis player started with a convincing victory over Marcos Giron in the first round (6-4, 6-2).
Reilly Opelka also played in Melbourne last week, where he delivered his usual performance with a large number of aces and two tie-breaks per match. Opelka's opponent was Maxime Cressy, who plays a very similar type of tennis. The opponents spent about three hours on the court, and the outcome of the meeting was decided in a tie-break in the third set - Cressy was more consistent on his serve and edged a win (4-6, 7-6, 7-6).
Thompson didn't play tie-breaks in the last 5 matches.
Opelka played fewer than 9 games in the first set in 3 of his last 5 matches.
Reilly Opelka is in poor shape and we think that Thompson can defeat him in the upcoming match, especially since he has done that before.
Our prediction - Thompson to win
Matches with Opelka's participation usually are quite long and intense, and we suggest playing the total over here.
Second wager - total over 23 games