World number 249 Vit Kopriva will take on 435th-ranked Johan Nikles in the first round of the 2021 Gstaad Open on Monday, July 19. Get the live streaming options of this Johan Nikles v Vit Kopriva match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Johan Nikles v Vit Kopriva Head to Head
Nikles and Kopriva have never faced off in a competitive match before this.
Nikles Playing His Second Main Draw Match
Nikles had made his ATP main draw debut in 2016 when he was given a wildcard to feature in Gstaad that year but what’s surprising is what followed. He lost in that opening round match and since then has never played in the main draw of ATP competitions again.
Over the last three seasons, starting from 2019, Nikles has begun winning tournaments on the Futures circuit, sure, but his struggles even in Challenger tournaments is real.
This year, for instance, he has been a part of three Challenger competitions and lost in the qualifiers of two of them without advancing. Finally at Amersfoort Challenger held last week, Nikles managed to win his opening round match after qualifying for the main draw but then fell at the second hurdle.
Can he now take that giant leap forward by actually winning his opener on the ATP circuit?
Kopriva’s Hit Career-Best of 249th
He is 249th in the world but that by itself is a huge improvement over his 305th in February this year and outside the top 600 in 2019.
Kopriva, who has five Futures titles under his belt, needed to win a couple of qualifiers to make it to the main draw here, beating Maximilian Marterer and Enzo Couacaud.
Earlier this season, Kopriva had made it to the semifinal at Braunschweig and Rome while also winning himself a quarterfinal berth in Prague.
His greatest result this season, however, came on the ATP circuit when he not only qualified for the main draw of Marbella Open but also reached the second round by defeating Lukas Rosol.
Interestingly, Rosol was the last played to have defeated Kopriva, with that match coming in earlier this month at the Amersfoort Challenger.
Nikles v Kopriva Prediction and Tip
While Nikles is a local lad, it’s Kopriva’s form that is something to watch out at the lower level. Backing him to clinch this first round tie in straight sets.