Thompson vents in Sydney loss to Opelka | Milton Ulladulla Times

Australian Jordan Thompson in frustration destroyed his racket en route to a straight-set loss to world number 25, Reilly Opelka, in the second round of the Sydney Tennis Classic. Thompson recorded an impressive 6-4 6-2 victory over Marcos Giron on Monday, but he was unable to repeat the dose against Opelka on Wednesday and lost 6-3 6-2. The Australian No. 73 struggled to find his rhythm throughout the game, and emotions took over as he sent a backhand wide early in the second set to give Opelka the break. Thompson, in frustration, hit his racket into the field, picked it up and hit it twice more to completely destroy it. The outburst failed to revive him, and Thompson won just two more games before the game. The 27-year-old only had one break point for the entire game – a break point he couldn’t convert. Opelka, on the other hand, converted three of his six breakpoint chances. Opelka will face American number 68 Brandon Nakashima in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Australian Associated Press

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