World No.3 Dominic Thiem defeats Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round of Australian Open 2021 to set up a clash with Dominik Koepfer in the second round.
- Fixture: Dominic Thiem vs Dominik Koepfer
- Date: 10 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 2nd round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt
- Prize money: $ 115,275 (USD)
Dominic Thiem vs Dominik Koepfer: Preview
About a year ago, Dominic Thiem made a statement by entering the Australian Open final. A lot has changed for the Austrian since then, the tennis universe, and the world at large.
He had a breakthrough 2020 season where he won the US Open. And now, he is one of the contenders to lift the trophy at Melbourne Park.
In his first-round match, Dominic Thiem struggled early in the first set against World No. 90 Mikhail Kukushkin. But the Austrian eventually settled down to win 7-6(2) 6-2 6-3 and advance further.
His opponent, Germany’s Dominik Koepfer is currently ranked No.70 in the world. He is coming of a 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 win over lucky loser Hugo Dellien of Bolivia. The lefty had his best result at a Major at the 2019 US Open, where he reached the last 16 after coming through as a qualifier.
Dominic Thiem vs Dominik Koepfer: Head-to-Head
The two players haven’t met on tour yet. This will be their very first meeting. The H2H currently stands at 0-0. Thiem will come into the match as a huge favorite.
Dominic Thiem vs Dominik Koepfer: Prediction
Dominic Thiem had struggled a bit on the pacy Melbourne courts. But the Austrian reacted well and should be ready for the next challenge.
“I just needed some time to adjust,” Thiem said. “I mean, I like to have time, so the fast court takes it away a little bit for me, so that’s not perfect. But I have to get used to it anyway. I have the feeling that it’s one of the faster tournaments I’ve played in recent years, but it’s like that, that’s tennis,” he added.
It should be another easy outing for Thiem. He has accustomed his game to hardcourts well. Although Koepfer’s left-handed game will certainly pose a different challenge, Thiem goes into this match as the favorite to advance to the Round of 32.
Prediction: Thiem to win in straight sets.