Eight-time ATP winner Grigor Dimitrov will be up against 55th ranked Pablo Andújar in this second-round fixture of the 2020 European Open. The match is likely to begin at around 6.30 pm local time (5.30 pm BST or 12.30 pm Eastern Time) on Wednesday, October 21. Get the live streaming options of this Grigor Dimitrov v Pablo Andújar match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Grigor Dimitrov v Pablo Andújar Head to Head
This will be the fifth meeting between the two players, although their last meeting was way back in 2014.
Grigor Dimitrov brings a 3-1 head-to-head advantage coming into this match. He won their last two meetings: one in the China Open in 2014 on a hard court, and the other in the Shanghai Masters in 2012 on a hard court as well. His other win over Pablo Andújar was in the 2010 Geneva Challenger on a clay court.
Andújar’s sole victory over Dimitrov came in The ATP Nice Open back in 2011 when the latter was forced to retire with an injury. Andújar was 5-0 up in the first set when that happened. Additionally, that match was on a clay court.
Dimitrov Seeking Year-End Title
It’s been a mixed year for Dimitrov. The Bulgarian, like many tennis players, has had a lot of mixed form this year. Part of this was due to his easing back into competitive tennis after his injury-struck 2019, but even after seemingly getting over his shoulder injury, he hasn’t been able to hit the peaks of his career.
After his recent fourth-round elimination in the French Open at the hands of Stefanos Tsitsipas, he’ll want to prove his worth in this tournament.
In fact, he should be buoyed to gun for the tournament’s top honors and end his 3-year title drought. The last time that he emerged victorious in a tournament was in November 2017 in the highly acclaimed ATP finals, his greatest career accomplishment ever.
Since then, he’s struggled to show the form of the player who went all the way in London, but now should be motivated to add to his eight career titles.
Additionally, he’s ranked as the tournament’s fourth seed and is back on his statistically favored hard courts. Facing an opponent who struggles on the surface, and one whose glory days seem to be past him, it’s no wonder that the odds are massively in his favor.
Andújar Hoping To Show Best Days Aren’t Gone
Andújar, a four-time title winner, will be hoping to show that his best days aren’t in the past.
He was originally set to play Kei Nishikori, but the Japanese had some injury problems and was replaced at the last minute by Federico Coria. Andújar used this opportunity to his advantage and outplayed the unprepared Argentine, winning in straight sets with ease.
That though seems as though it will be the highlight of his tournament. For someone who’s faced first or second-round elimination in all but their challenger tournaments this year, and for someone who fares statistically badly on hard surfaces, with a 40-88 career record on hard surfaces and a similarly bad 11-30 record on indoor hard courts, this tie only points towards the Bulgarian.
Dimitrov v Andújar Prediction and Tip
You should have total confidence in Dimitrov getting the win, and he seems poised to do it within the fewest sets possible.
Tip: Dimitrov to win in straight sets: 1/2 (bet365)