Australian Open 2022: Reilly Opelka vs. Dominik Koepfer Tennis Pick and Prediction

Australian Open 2022: Reilly Opelka vs. Dominik Koepfer Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Australian Open as Reilly Opelka (23) meets Dominik Koepfer in the Second Round on Wednesday January 19th, 2022.

The big serving American Reilly Opelka will do battle with Germany’s Dominik Koepfer in the Second Round of the 2022 Australian Open. Both men scored impressive victories in the First Round and will be hoping to take yet another step forward into the Third Round. Opelka is the big favorite on paper but Koepfer has a history of exceeding expectations at Grand Slam events. Who will get the win and move on here?

Reilly Opelka is seeded 23rd here at the 2022 Australian Open and is currently ranked #29 in the world. The American has one of the biggest serves in tennis history and he will be relying on that stroke in particular here in Melbourne. He had a very impressive win over former top five player Kevin Anderson in the First Round, winning in straight sets. Dominik Koepfer is ranked well below him and the American will start as the favorite, and is expected to move on here if all goes to plan.

Dominik Koepfer is unseeded here at the 2022 Australian Open and is ranked #53 on the ATP Tour. The German lefty lost his only warm up match prior to the Open, but started well here, defeating Spain’s Carlos Taberner in four sets. His game is well suited to this surface and he is an exceptional mover and counter-puncher. His return game is also quite strong, and he will need it to be at it’s best here against Reilly Opelka, who will be looking to dominate this match using his serve. Koepfer is the big underdog on paper, but he is highly experienced and will be backing himself to cause the upset here.

This is the fourth meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with Dominik Koepfer surprisingly leading the head to head 3-0. Two of those victories came last year, and despite him being lower ranked, this will give him much confidence ahead of the match against Reilly Opelka. This should be a very interesting clash, and I am backing the American to finally get his first win over Koepfer here. He has been in good form to start the year and tournament, and I think that he will figure it out, registering a touch victory here, moving on to the Third Round at the 2022 Australian Open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Reilly Opelka to win

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