World number 61 Feliciano Lopez will play in a rare second round match when he takes on Dominik Koepfer at the 2021 Geneva Open on Wednesday, May 19. Get the live streaming options of this Feliciano Lopez v Dominik Koepfer match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Feliciano Lopez v Dominik Koepfer Head to Head
Their only previous competitive outing came on the Challenger circuit when Lopez defeated Koepfer at the Monterrey Challenger of 2019.
Koepfer Puts up a Fighting Show
While Koepfer was an overwhelming favourite coming into his first round match against Benoit Paire, he was stretched to the distance by the struggling Frenchman. The good news for the 59th-ranked player from Germany was he showed he was up for a battle and came through to the second round in two hours and 39 minutes.
What made it even a more special win was Koepfer faced a whopping 19 break-points in the match and was broken just twice. On the other hand, he broke Paire three times out of the seven chances he had.
The first set went to serve with Paire missing out on three set-points in the 12th game, another one in the tie-breaker that followed while saving two against him.
The only difference in the second set was the direct in which the tie-breaker headed after neither player got a break of serve during the set. Koepfer levelled the match off the first set-point he got in the tie-breaker.
Koepfer, who had made the second round in both, Munich and Madrid earlier this season, drew first blood in the third set but was broken right back. The same repeated in the seventh and eighth game but the third break of serve in the set for the German proved to be a decisive one.
Can he now make it two in two for the first time on clay this year?
Lopez Wins a Rare Opener
Lopez wasn’t a favourite going into the match and that was down to the manner in which he had gone about his business this season.
And the last.
And the one before that too.
And yet, the Spaniard came through in straight sets, defeating Daniel Altmaier 7-6 (6), 6-4 to set up this second round meeting.
In a match lasting an hour and 52 minutes, Lopez broke his opponent’s serve in the seventh game and while he lost his own in the 10th, he always kept his nose in front in the tie-breaker that followed.
Another exchange of service breaks brought the pair to 3-3, but it was when Altmaier was serving to stay in the match that Lopez upped the ante and created a couple more chances before winning it.
Can Lopez now emulate his performance at the Australian Open this season where he had won his first two round matches?
Lopez v Koepfer Prediction and Tip
Koepfer starts a favourite for this one but we won’t discount Lopez for his sheer tenacity. Expect a three-setter in the offing here.