Dennis Novak - Peter Gojowczyk
Peter Gojowczyk defeated a couple of big-serving opponents in Jan Lennard Struff and Jiri Vesely to reach the quarterfinal of ATP Montpellier on his main draw debut appearance, 6-3 6-4 and 6-7 7-6 6-3, respectively. His only previous visit here ended in the qualifying stages of the 2012 edition.
This is a massive result for the 31-year-old German, considering his struggles for form, confidence, and fitness over the last few years. The poor run of results at all levels has seen the former world #39 drop to #144 in the latest ATP Tour rankings.
In fact, this is the first time Peter Gojowczyk has scored consecutive main draw wins on the main tour since his run to the semifinal in Washington in August 2018, where he entered the main draw as a lucky loser and defeated the likes of Milos Raonic and Andrey Rublev.
Peter Gojowczyk's only ever title-winning campaign on the main tour came in a French indoor hard court event in Metz back in 2017, and he even reached the semifinal in a French indoor Challenger event in Quimper a couple of weeks ago.
After overcoming Gilles Simon in three sets in the first round, Dennis Novak did well to fight back from a break deficit in the second set to knockout his second-round opponent Dusan Lajovic in straight sets, 7-6 1-6 6-3 and 7-6 7-5, respectively.
The Austrian needs one more win to register his career-best result on the main tour. He made his maiden quarterfinal appearance at this level on the indoor hard courts in Cologne a few months ago, where he failed in three sets against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
While Peter Gojowczyk is the better player of these two and has delivered by far the better results on the main tour over the years, Dennis Novak has improved a lot over the last 20 months or so, which makes it difficult to pick a winner here.