First-seed Novak Djokovic will be aiming for a semifinal spot when he goes up against newly-found sensation Dominik Koepfer in a last-eight clash at the Italian Open 2020. The ATP Masters 1000 event has been nothing short of a fairytale for Koepfer, who entered into the qualifiers and made it this far.
Novak Djokovic vs Dominik Koepfer: Preview
Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, Djokovic is doing his business as usual, destroying every opponent that comes his way. The 33-year old Serb, after facing no worries in the initial two rounds, faced compatriot Filip Krajinovic in the Round of 16. Though Djokovic struggled in the opening set, but after winning it, there was no looking back as the 17-time Grand Slam champion outclassed Krajinovic 7-6, 6-3.
On the other hand, after getting through the qualifiers and taking out players like Alex de Minaur and Gael Monfils respectively in the first two rounds, Koepfer faced local favourite Lorenzo Musetti in the third round. Musetti has had a similar sort of dream run at the event before he ran into the 26-year-old German, who just thrashed Musetti to win the contest in straight sets 6-4, 6-0.
Novak Djokovic vs Dominik Koepfer: Head-to-Head
It will be the first meeting between Djokovic and Koepfer on the ATP Tour. So the head-to-head record stands at 0-0.
Novak Djokovic vs Dominik Koepfer: Prediction
If at the start of the tournament somebody would have said that Djokovic will face a player named Dominik Koepfer in the quarters, no one would have given even a thought about it.
Seldom we get to see that a World No.97 progresses such deep into the draw in a premier event where almost every top player is participating. Having said that, Koepfer’s dream run is about to end as he is facing an altogether different beast in the form of Djokovic. Even giving a fight to the legend would be a moment of pride for Koepfer, who has already earned a lot of respect for his exploits in Internazionali BNL d’ Italia.
Match Prediction: Novak Djokovic defeats Dominik Koepfer comprehensively in straight sets.