These two players have already faced each other once.
Feliciano Lopez has already played once in this tournament in Geneva. It was in 2019 and he fell to Damir Dzumhur.
Daniel Altmaier also had the chance to play once in the main draw of this Swiss ATP 250. It was in 2017, and he had also fallen in the 1st round (to Sam Querrey).
In this edition
Unlike Feliciano Lopez, Daniel Altmaier went through the qualifications. He enters the first round as a lucky loser after failing to win his second match against Marco Cecchinato. On the other hand, the German won his first match against Marc-Andrea Huesler (159th).
Feliciano Lopez will face his tormentor of the last Roland Garros. It was indeed Daniel Altmaier who eliminated him in 3 sets, including a tie-break in the first set.
Feliciano Lopez is definitely starting to feel his 39 years. The Spanish player is less and less sharp in rallies (he slows down the game most of the time). Moreover, he tends to lack lucidity when he has to play matches with many long rallies.
The veteran Spaniard may have some trouble against Daniel Altmaier, who should be much more comfortable when the rallies begin. The German could indeed take advantage of Lopez’s slowdowns to unleash his powerful shots. He is also often explosive, especially with his one-handed backhand along the line (and it’s nice). So we can imagine Feliciano Lopez staying on the spot more than once.
Where we can be wary is in Daniel Altmaier’s ability (or rather inability) to stay consistent on his service games. He is a good server, but the German can have some unexplained gaps in his service games. What if this benefits the handsome Lopez?
Prediction: Daniel Altmaier