Germany’s Dominik Koepfer will face wild card Hugo Gaston in the first round of the 2021 Miami Open on Wednesday, March 24. The match is yet to be scheduled. Get the live streaming options of this Dominik Koepfer v Hugo Gaston match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Dominik Koepfer v Hugo Gaston Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the 26-year-old German and the 20-year-old Frenchman.
Koepfer Looking To Build on Last Week’s Performance
Having reached his first ATP semifinal last week, Dominik Koepfer will take a lot of confidence into his maiden Miami Open campaign.
The German, who reached a career-high ranking of 54 this week, comes into the tournament with a 5-5 record this year, having gone 3-1 in Acapulco last week.
The 26-year-old began the Mexican Open campaign with a win over Mexico’s Gerardo Lopez Villasenor, before shocking the fourth seed Milos Raonic in the next round.
He continued his good form in the quarterfinals, defeating Britain’s Cameron Norrie for a third successive straight sets win, but fell to eventual champion Alexander Zverev in the semifinal.
The fast-improving German left-hander was 7-6 in 2020, which included a run to the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters. Having qualified for the main draw, Koepfer defeated Australia’s Alex de Minaur, France’s Gael Monfils and Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti en route to his maiden Masters 1000 quarterfinal before going down to Novak Djokovic in a tough three-setter.
This year, Koepfer, who reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open in 2019, lost his season-opener to Australia’s Christopher O’Connell in Melbourne-1, but picked his first win at the Australian Open, beating Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in the first round. Dominic Thiem stopped him from progressing further in the Round of 64.
In Cordoba, the five-time Challenger and Futures champion, Koepfer, was knocked out in the first round by Federico Coria, while in Buenos Aires, he won his first match against local hope Thiago Augustin Tirante but lost in the second round to Albert Ramos Vinolas.
Gaston Aiming to Make an Impression
Facing Koepfer in the first round will be French lefty Hugo Gaston, who comes into the main draw as a wild card.
The 20-year-old Frenchman who is 4-6 in his career, is 1-2 this year. Having failed to qualify for the Australian Open, Gaston featured in two home tournaments in Montpellier and Marseille.
He was beaten by Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in a three-set first-round contest in Montpellier, but picked his first win of the season over Dennis Novak in the first round in Marseille.
Having lost the first set to the Austrian, the World No. 162 rebounded to advance to the next round, where he was defeated by Italy’s Jannik Sinner.
Gaston caught the attention of the tennis world last year at Roland Garros, when he reached the Round of 16 by knocking out Maxime Janvier, Yoshihito NIshioka and Stan Wawrinka in the first three rounds. He also stretched Dominic Thiem to the hilt in the Round of 16, forcing the fifth set after losing the first two, before coming up short in the decider.
Gaston has featured in three Challenger events this year, reaching the semifinal once while falling in the first round of the other two.
Koepfer v Gaston Prediction and Tip
Fresh from his exploits at the ATP500 in Mexico, Koepfer will be the favourite to win the first round contest. Expect the German to edge past the Frenchman after a close contest.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)