These two players have already faced each other once. It was in 2019 in Monterrey (hard) and Feliciano Lopez won in 2 sets including a tie-break.
This is the second time that Feliciano Lopez participates in this ATP 250 in Geneva, and the first time he exceeds the 1st round. He had fallen to Dzumhur in 2019.
As for Dominik Koepfer, this is also the first time he has reached this level of the competition. In his first participation in 2018, he lost to Guido Pella from the start.
In this edition
In the first round, Feliciano Lopez defeated Daniel Altmaier in two sets including a tie-break.
Dominic Koepfer, on his side, won a big battle against Benoit Paire in the first round. A victory in three sets including two tie-breaks and a little over 2h30 of play.
What a match between Dominik Koepfer and Benoit Paire. The Frenchman can regret the 10 beak balls not won on the German’s serve in the last set. However, it should be noted that Dominik Koepfer was quite solid when the rallies started. He managed to keep up with the pace that the depressed bearded man was trying to impose.
Dominik Koepfer should not play such an intense match against Feliciano Lopez. In fact, I wasn’t really convinced by his first round. The Spanish player took advantage of his opponent’s mistakes too often. He quickly realized that Altmaier was not in the game and he just sent the balls back cleanly and let his opponent self-destruct. Boom.
Feliciano Lopez also showed that he could be quickly overtaken when Altmaier’s attacks found the right areas. I expect this to happen more often with Dominik Koepfer. The German is indeed a more consistent player than his compatriot, and he has that ability to hit hard from both sides.
Also of note, Feliciano Lopez was not incredibly good on serve, with only 43% first serves. The rallies were committed more than once on his games. So this could give Koepfer even more opportunity, given that it’s in the rallies that he manages to spread his wings.
Feliciano Lopez obviously has what it takes to get his opponent into one or more tiebreaks where he can make his mark. There is simply no reason for Dominik Koepfer to lose this match if he plays like he did against Benoit Paire. But we are in an ATP 250 with two weeks to go before Roland Garros. This is the period of surprising results.
Prediction: Dominik Koepfer