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'Daniil Medvedev is a nightmare to play against,' says Reilly Opelka after beating him

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Reilly Opelka branded Daniil Medvedev 'a nightmare' to play against after dumping him out of St Petersburg.

Medvedev was the defending champion and top seed in his home tournament, but was unable to make his way past the big-serving American.

The 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 score line does not tell the whole story though, with Opelka stealing his two sets with breaks in the final games despite Daniil Medvedev generally being more dominant throughout.

"It is always a tough match, playing one of best players in the world in general, but generally at his home," said Opelka after his win.

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"It is a great win for me. It was ugly for the first set and a half.

"I felt like I barely won any points on his serve , but part of that is just because of my opponent.

"Daniil is an absolute nightmare to play, especially for a guy like me because he just runs every ball down."

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