Three-time grand slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka plays former world number three Grigor Dimitrov in the opening round of the Rogers Cup ATP Masters 1000 at Montreal on Monday, August 5. The match will be played at 3 pm local time (8 pm BST). You can find the Stanislas Wawrinka v Grigor Dimitrov live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Stanislas Wawrinka v Grigor Dimitrov Head to Head
The two players have met nine times on the ATP tour with Wawrinka leading 5-4. Their last three meetings have been at Wimbledon, US Open and the French Open in the last 12 months and the Swiss has won all.
Wawrinka Hoping for Confident Start to US Hard Court Season
Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka is a three time grand slam champion in an era that has largely been about the Big Three (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic) when it comes to the major tournaments.
Former world number three, Wawrinka spent most of 2017 and 2018 with knee injury issues that saw him drop out of the top 200 in the world rankings. The Swiss made an attempt to comeback from injury in 2018, but it took him a while to get back to being a force on the tour, as he ended 2018 prematurely to further recover physically.
2019 has been a better season for the three time major winner, with some good performances on the indoor hard courts earlier in the year, and more recently during the clay court season. Wawrinka is currently ranked number 21 in the world and if he maintains his fitness and form, will certainly be a dark horse on the US hard courts.
Dimitrov at Career Low In Very Poor Form
He began 2018 as a strong contender at the Australian Open, but lost in the quarter-finals. His fortunes only dipped further in 2018, with disappointing performances at the majors and other tournaments, resulting in him dropping out of the top 20.
The trend has continued in 2019 with the Bulgarian struggling to get past the early rounds at tournaments and losing matches from being in commanding positions. He is currently ranked number 57th in the world.
With a strong serve, an elegant single handed backhand and great athleticism, the former world number three has a playing style similar to Roger Federer and often been referred to as ‘Baby Federer’.
As we get to the last third of the 2019 season, Dimitrov will be hoping that his career and fortunes reverse sooner rather later to be a force to reckon with in the foreseeable future.
Wawrinka v Dimitrov Predictions & Tips
This is a battle of two players whose tennis has seen better days. Both were ranked number three in the world at different points in time, not that long ago.
While Wawrinka is yet to return to the form that won him three grand slams and took him to world number three, he is knocking on the top 20 ranking and can expect a good hard court season to see him through. His form in recent months will give the confidence and belief for a strong next few weeks.
Dimitrov on the other had is probably at one of his lowest, if not the lowest point of his career, struggling to win matches. It is unsure what if any game plan or expectations the Bulgarian can have for the hard court season, given his form in recent months.
While this does have the billing for a great encounter, and a tennis fan can only hope that Dimitrov returns to the player he was, it is hard to see this going Dimitrov’s way.
Expect a win for Wawrinka in straight sets.
Tip: Wawrinka to win in straight sets: 13/10 (888Sport)