Alexander Zverev vs Dominik Koepfer Australian Open Tennis Prediction and Pick 1/16/24
Alexander Zverev vs Dominik Koepfer
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Sixth seed Alexander Zverev will take on compatriot Dominik Koepfer in the first round of the 2024 Australian Open. The match will be played on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Here's our Alexander Zverev vs Dominik Koepfer Prediction.
Fresh from steering Germany to win the second edition of the United Cup, Alexander Zverev is one of the most in-form players coming to the 2024 Australian Open. The big-serving Hamburg native has momentum and sky-high confidence to cause real damage in the draw and potentially win his first Grand Slam. At 26, Zverev is only just tapping into his peak, and after a resurgent season in 2023 in which he bounced back from a horrific ankle injury, he'll be a perennial threat on all surfaces. His record at the Australian Open is not shabby either. He has made the second week on four occasions, reaching a semifinal back in 2020.
Like Zverev, Dominik Koepfer also caught fire at the start of the year, streaking to win the prestigious Canberra Challenger in the first week of January, dropping one set all week. His reward is a place in the world's Top 70 and is not far off from his previous best ranking of World No. 50. The 29-year-old lefty is a player who can hurt opponents when afforded time and space, but that is unlikely to be the case when he faces his countryman on Tuesday.
Alexander Zverev vs Dominik Koepfer Prediction
Alexander Zverev leads their head-to-head 2-0, with both meetings taking place in 2021, split on hard and grass courts. Having secured two Top 10 wins at the start of the season, Zverev couldn't have asked for a perfect way to put up a statement before Melbourne. In the first couple of days of the Australia Open, we've seen top seeds drop sets already, and Koepfer is more than capable of asking the questions in baseline exchanges against the World No. 6. But I expect Zverev to dominate on serve and take the ball early to limit Koepfer's time on the ball, thereby winning this match in four sets.