Second seed Grigor Dimitrov began his season with a straight sets win on Wednesday to enter the Round of 16 of the Murray River Open. He will face 21-year-old Australian Alexei Popyrin on Friday, February 5, for a place in the quarterfinals. Get the live streaming options of this Grigor Dimitrov v Alexei Popyrin match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Grigor Dimitrov v Alexei Popyrin Head to Head
It will be the first meeting between the World No. 19 Dimitrov and the Aussie, ranked 114th in the world.
Dimitrov Rolls Past Aussie Wild Card
Grigor Dimitrov looked in good touch as he rolled past Australian wild card Andrew Harris in the second round of the Murray River Open on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old Bulgarian, who received a first-round bye, needed just 69 minutes to defeat the 232nd-ranked Aussie 6-3, 6-3.
A former World No. 3, Dimitrov is coming off a strong 2020. Although he didn’t add to his eight singles titles, which includes the year-end ATP Finals title of 2017, he finished with an 18-11 record, thanks to the semifinal runs in Acapulco and Antwerp and quarterfinal appearances in Rome and Vienna.
Dimitrov also reached the fourth round at Roland Garros last season where he was beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Having never gone past the semifinal of a major, Dimitrov will look to make good use of the Murray River event in the run-up to the Melbourne Slam, where he reached the last four in 2017 and the quarterfinals in 2014 and 2018.
Popyrin Powers Past Paul
A day after saving six match points to stay alive in the competition, World No. 114 Alexei Popyrin of Australia powered past American Tommy Paul, ranked 61 places higher than him, in the second round on Wednesday.
Popyrin broke the American thrice in the match to win 6-4, 6-3 in just under 70 minutes.
On Tuesday, the 21-year-old fought back from a set down and survived six match points to outlast Croatian Borna Gojo 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (9-7). The match between the two 6’5” players lasted two hours and 35 minutes and saw Popyrin hit 16 aces against Gojo’s 20.
The Aussie, who was 2-5 in 2020, has made it to the third round of the Australian Open the past two years.
Dimitrov v Popyrin Prediction and Tip
It should be a tight match with Popyrin giving a good fight, but the Bulgarian should have the final say.
Tip: Dimitrov to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)