TennisSection previews the 2021 Cincinnati Open as Pablo Carreno Busta takes on Dominik Koepfer in the Round of 32 on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021.
Will Dominik Koepfer be able to use the momentum he gained from fighting his way through an extremely tight opening match to get another upset here? Will Pablo Carreno Busta bring the momentum he gained by winning the Bronze Medal in Tokyo to get started off strongly in the North American hard court season? Both players can win this match if they are at their best, but only one will make their way to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Cincinnati Open. Who will it be?
Dominik Koepfer had to fight through a tight match against his fellow German, Jan-Lennard Struff, winning in 3 sets 7-6/5-7/6-3. Dominik Koepfer can definitely ruffle some feathers in these hard court conditions because he has a huge serve and forehand, but he does end up hitting a lot of errors as well because he sometimes aims to finish points off too quickly. Dominik Koepfer will know he is going to have a tough draw, especially as he now meets Pablo Carreno Busta, but if he improves on his opening match he definitely has a chance to go further here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open.
Pablo Carreno Busta has been in great form over the last month, winning the Hamburg Open right before flying to Tokyo and winning Bronze by beating Novak Djokovic. Pablo is such an underrated player and he definitely deserves more respect for his amazing game, especially because he can return at a very high level. Pablo has not played since Tokyo so he will have some rust in his game as he needs to get himself back into the mix. However, the Spaniard will be hard to beat once he finds his form, and he will want to find his form quickly here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open as he meets the always tough Dominik Koepfer.
Pablo Carreno Busta and Jan-Lennard Struff have met 2 times before, with Pablo Carreno Busta leading the head to head 2-0. They recently met a few weeks ago in Tokyo and Pablo won in straight sets. I do expect Pablo to win this match, but it will be tighter. Domini Koepfer has not got much rust as he got a good win under his belt, but Pablo might have some. This gives Dominik a chance to get an early lead. However, with the amazing form that Pablo has shown over the last month, I think that it will take something much better than the level that Koepfer offers at the moment from preventing the Spaniard from making the Round of 16 of the 2021 Cincinnati Open.
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