Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Dominik Koepfer
July 14, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
Stefanos Tsitsipas (1) meets Dominik Koepfer in the second round of the 2021 Hamburg Open on Wednesday, July 14th, 2021.
Will Stefanos Tsitsipas be able to continue performing strong on clay as he has done all of 2021 or will Dominik Koepfer cause the shocking upset so early here in Hamburg as he aims to make a career statement in front of his home crowd?
Dominik Koepfer had to fight right until the end in his first round match, beating the qualifier, Maximillian Marterer, in 3 extremely close sets 7-6/2-6/7-6. This was a very entertaining match to watch as the two Germans battled it out in front of their home crowd. It was a great match, but realistically, Dominik Koepfer should not be winning these sorts of matches in such tight fashion. Dominik knows he can play with the best in the world, as he has won sets against the likes of Djokovic and Federer in the past, but he clearly has some rust to get rid off.
Stefanos Tsitsipas will be looking to get his clay form back as he has been poor on grass over the last month. Tsitsipas has had the best season of his career so far, winning his maiden Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, and reaching the Final of Roland Garros. Stefanos Tsitsipas’ success this year has mainly been on clay, so he will be happy to be back on this surface now. It will be very interesting to see where his form is at, but I am sure he will want to give it his all as he wants to redeem himself for having lost the final here in Hamburg just last year.
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This is going to be the 1st meeting between both players, and unfortunately for Dominik Koepfer, he will not be able to compete against someone as strong on clay as Stefanos Tsitsipas. Dominik Koepfer did not impress in the first round, especially as he struggled against an unknown qualifier. Tsitsipas does not joke around and he has the experience now to back his game up in tight moments. He will not let Dominik boss him around and he will come into this match and cruise into the quarter finals.