Both fresh from straightforward first-round wins, Grigor Dimitrov plays second time French Open contestant Andrej Martin in the second round of the 2020 French Open. The match begins at around 12:15 pm local time (11:15 am BST or 6:15 am Eastern Time) on Thursday, October 1. Get the live streaming options of this Grigor Dimitrov v Andrej Martin match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Grigor Dimitrov v Andrej Martin Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two players, with no prior matchups ever. Grigor Dimitrov comes into the match ranked 20th in the ATP rankings, and has a positive 127-78 record on clay surfaces; and an even better 4-1 win record on clay surfaces in 2020.
Andrej Martin comes into the match ranked 102nd; although he can also boast of his positive 384-235 win record on clay. However, in 2020, his record on clay has been below par with his win ratio on the surface currently standing at 50%: 9 wins and 9 losses representing this ratio.
Dimitrov Hoping to Improve on his French Open record
Speaking of 50% win ratios, Grigor Dimitrov’s French Open win record, prior to this year’s tournament, stood at a measly 50%. It’s his worst record in all the Grand Slam tournaments, making the French Open the only tournament that he’s never qualified past the 3rd round, despite playing in the competition for nine straight years (this year marks his 10th).
Contrast this to semi-final finishes in all the other three major competitions, and the inquisition begins on why he has such a poor record in Paris.
Therefore, it won’t be a hidden secret that he’ll want to go further in the tournament than he’s ever gone. His first-round win against Barrere signified this desire.
In that match he was almost invincible; cruising to a straight-set win with a fine display. Granted that his opponent was massively lower-ranked with a less than ideal recent record on clay, but in sport, you can only beat what is in front of you; and Dimitrov exemplified that perfectly well.
The same should apply to his forthcoming matchup. Dimitrov has great momentum going into the match and more than enough Grand Slam experience to ease him into another straight-set win.
Possible Retelling of a David v Goliath Story for Martin?
It would be an understatement to call Andrej Martin an underdog in this contest. The odds are stacked so much against him that even winning a set would be more than a result for him; many bookmakers seem to agree with that sentiment as well. But it’s one of those scenarios where you just can’t see the pendulum swinging in his favor at all.
This is his second French Open tournament appearance; his fourth grand slam appearance in total. Dimitrov’s 10 appearances in the French Open alone more than double that already. And for someone desperately struggling for form this year, the last thing that he’d want in a major tournament is to face a seeded player so early on.
But he can take heart in the fact that he made it to the third round in his French Open debut, and similarly had a near perfect game in the first round of this year’s competition, blitzing to a straight-set win against a higher-ranked Sousa. That, however, seems as though it will be his only highlight of this year’s tournament.
Dimitrov v Martin Prediction and Tip
It’s always a good reminder that nothing in sport is ever a given. Surprises do often happen. That being said, this match seems as straight as an affair as any sporting matchup could ever be. You should have total confidence in Dimitrov getting the win, and he should even do it within the shortest time possible.
Tip: Dimitrov to win in straight sets: 4/5 (bet365)