That particular quarter of the Rome men’s singles draw was always going to be a bit of a lottery.
With No. 8 Diego Schwartzman struggling, and No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev allergic to clay at this point, it was going to be a great opportunity for a couple of players.
You’d probably have picked Aslan Karatsev and Félix Auger-Aliassime, right?
It turns out to be big-serving American Reilly Opelka and Argentine lefty qualifier Federico Delbonis.
The meet Friday, and the winner will be in his first career Masters 1000 semifinal.