In an interview with Elmar Paulke, Max Hopp assessed the chances of the Germans. “Both Martin and Gaga have tough openers. It's difficult to classify. Both Noppert and Clayton can play over 100 (on average, editor's note). But they can also play in their early 90s, but they're both still beatable."
Schindler has yet to beat Noppert, but the Maximiser still sees a slight chance for The Wall. "I think it's going to be tight, but Danny Noppert suits him. Both the rhythm and the type of player should be exactly what Martin likes. He doesn't have the gruff nature of Gerwyn Price. Danny Noppert just plays his boot. The problem is, he plays his boot pretty well.”
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Clayton has only won a single match at World Matchplay and there's a chance The Ferret has that in mind, which could be a mental brake on him. According to Hopp, it is therefore important for Clemens to be able to start the match well in order to have a chance.
"But anything is possible at this tournament," emphasized Hopp in conclusion.