Former world number three Stanislas Wawrinka plays 2017 ATP Tour Finals winner Grigor Dimitrov in the opening round of the ATP Masters 1000 at Cincinnati on Monday, August 12. The match could be played this weekend with the timing and date yet to be decided. 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 ten times on the ATP tour with Wawrinka leading 6-4.
Their last four meetings have been at Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and last week in the opening round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal and the Swiss has won all, with Dimitrov only winning one set in all these matches put together.
This is the fourth time they are meeting in the opening round of a tournament since Wimbledon last year.
Wawrinka Looking To Return To Top Form Ahead of US Open
Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka is a three time grand slam champion who spent most of 2017 and 2018 with knee injury issues that saw him drop out of the top 200 in the world rankings.
Wawrinka attempted comebacks at different points in 2018, but it took him a while to get back to being a force to reckon with, as he ended 2018 prematurely to further recover physically.
2019 has seen some good performances on the indoor hard courts earlier in the year, and more recently during the clay court season. What is still lacking is the level of consistency than the Wawrinka Team would like, to bolster him further up the rankings on the tour.
Wawrinka is currently ranked number 22 in the world and if he maintains his fitness and builds on consistency, will certainly be a dark horse on the US hard courts.
Dimitrov at Career Low
He began 2018 as a strong contender at the Australian Open, but lost in the quarter-finals. His season continued to dip further with several sub-par performances resulting in him dropping out of the top 20.
The trend worsened 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 54 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’, and hailed as a Future Gran Slam winner.
Dimitrov will be hoping that his career and fortunes reverse sooner rather later to be a force to reckon with in the foreseeable future.
Stanislas Wawrinka v Grigor Dimitrov Predictions & Tips
Both Wawrinka and Dimitrov were ranked number three in the world at different points in time, not that long ago.
Wawrinka is yet to return to the form that won him three grand slams and took him to number three in the world, but he is knocking on the top 20 ranking and can expect the next three weeks to resurrect his season and ranking further.
Dimitrov is probably at one of his lowest, if not the lowest points of his career, struggling to win matches. While this match-up now has a sense of deja vu to it, one can only hope that Dimitrov returns to the player he was sooner rather than later.
Expect a Wawrinka win, but tighter than the match against Dimitrov last week in Montreal.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 7/4 (888Sport)