World number two Rafael Nadal faces Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the Mexico Open semifinal on Friday, February 28. The match will begin at around 10 pm local time (5 am BST next day), and you can find the Rafael Nadal v Grigor Dimitrov live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Rafael Nadal v Grigor Dimitrov Head to Head
This is a one-sided rivalry. 13 previous matches have all but once resulted in a Nadal win with Dimitrov’s only victory coming in the Beijing Open in 2016. Dimitrov also managed to push him to five sets at the 2017 Australian Open meeting that followed and generally, has been competitive with Nadal on hard court surfaces, which should give him bit of a boost here.
Nadal Makes Short Work of Kwon
When Miomir Kecmanovic managed to test Nadal in their second round match here at Acapulco, it would have raised Soon-woo Kown’s hopes things might not be absolutely 100% for the Spaniard. However, Nadal found his rhythm very quickly once again in their quarterfinal and completed a facile 6-2, 6-1 win over the Korean.
Kwon had his chances though as Nadal faced eight break-points in the match but managed to save them all. And this is what Dimitrov will be watching very closely as he heads into their semifinal against the Spaniard.
Earlier in the tournament, Nadal had missed out on the opportunity to serve out the match against Kecmanovic before he completed his straight-set win. And in the first round Nadal had been a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Pablo Andujar.
Overall, Nadal has looked strong in the tournament but has had his (very few) moments of weakness. Most times he wouldn’t get penalised for those given the level of tennis he’s otherwise playing but if Dimitrov can raise his game even more than what he has in this tournament, we could see the Spaniard facing bit of a test.
Dimitrov Finally Wins Three in a Row
Dimitrov hadn’t had the best of starts to the season but three matches into this tournament in Acapulco he will be feeling a bit better about that form. Because after defeating Damir Dzumhur and Adrian Mannarino in contrasting manner in the first two round, he managed to carve out a neat, 6-4, 6-4 win over arch-rival Stan Wawrinka, who had come into the match as a favourite.
There was a reason why Wawarinka had an overwhelming advantage too; his five successive wins against Dimitrov in previous meetings. None of that was on display in this match.
Interestingly, Dimitrov admitted after the match, his encounters against Nadal were about being a mental battle given the number of meetings between them and the fact they have also been hitting partners.
What Dimitrov would know is with Nadal it wouldn’t be just a mental battle, it could get to be a physical one too. Dimitrov has proved in the past, he doesn’t mind the physical aspect but to overcome Nadal it will need for a lot of factors to fall in place for the Bulgarian.
Rafael Nadal v Grigor Dimitrov Predictions & Tips
A Nadal straight-set win is the most likely outcome, unless, as mentioned earlier, Dimitrov can play some of the best tennis he has all year.
Tip: Nadal to win in straight sets: 8/11 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)