No. 18 seed Grigor Dimitrov will face Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Tuesday, June 29. Get the live streaming options of this Grigor Dimitrov v Fernando Verdasco match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Grigor Dimitrov v Fernando Verdasco Head to Head
This will be an eighth meeting between the two, with Dimitrov leading 4-3 head-to-head.
Dimitrov won at Beijing in 2014, Monte-Carlo in 2015, Canada in 2018 and Barcelona in 2019. While Verdasco beat the Bulgarian at Bastad in 2013, and Indian Wells and Roland Garros in 2018.
Dimitrov Is 1-4 In Last Five Matches
World No. 21 Grigor Dimitrov comes to Wimbledon not in the best of forms but having practiced with Roger Federer he certainly will be coming in well prepared.
The 30-year-old Bulgarian hasn’t played on grass this year but he has a 35-26 career record on the surface, and that includes a semifinal appearance at the Championships in 2014 and the title at Queen’s the same year. Dimitrov had beaten the defending champion Andy Murray in the quarterfinals in 2014 but lost his semifinal match to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
Dimitrov has also featured in two other Grand Slam semifinals (the 2017 Australian Open and the 2019 U.S. Open), but hasn’t made it to a final yet.
An eight-time champion and seven-time runner-up on the tour, Dimitrov won four titles, including the ATP Finals final, in 2017, but hasn’t won a single title since then. He did reach the Rotterdam final in 2018 but went down to Federer in straight sets.
Dimitrov is 11-9 this year and comes to Wimbledon after a disappointing first-round exit from the French Open. He was up two sets-to-one against Marcos Giron but had to retire with an injury in the fourth set. The Bulgarian has won just once since his Round of 16 defeat to Rafael Nadal at Monte-Carlo.
A former World No. 3, Dimitrov has featured in four quarterfinals this year and that includes a fourth at the Australian Open, where he has a 1-3 record in the last eight.
His other quarterfinal finishes came at Melbourne-2, Acapulco and Geneva.
Dimitrov was beaten by Corentin Moutet in the first round of Wimbledon in 2019. The Bulgarian had taken a two-sets-to-love lead before the Frenchman made a remarkable comeback to win in five.
Verdasco In Woeful Form
Dimitrov will face 37-year-old Fernando Verdasco in the first round. The Spaniard was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2013 and had taken an unexpected two-sets-to-love lead against the second seed Andy Murray, but the Scot rebounded and went on to win not just the match but also the tournament, outplaying Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
A seven-time champion and 16-time runner-up on the tour, Verdasco won his last title in Bucharest in 2016 and played his last final in Rio in 2018.
The World No. 102 hasn’t been at his best in recent times, affected by a leg injury and COVID-19 last year. It was his recent struggles that saw him drop out of the top 100 in May for the first time since 2004.
The left-handed Spaniard, who was a semifinalist at the Australian Open in 2009 and has been a two-time U.S. Open quarterfinalist, has four fourth round finishes at Wimbledon to go with his quarterfinal appearance in 2013. The last of those Round of 16 appearances came in 2019, when he defeated Kamil Majchrzak, Kyle Edmund and Thomas Fabbiano to reach the second week, but was sent packing by David Goffin.
This year the former World No. 7 has a 2-6 record. His two wins came against Lucas Pouille and Adrian Mannarino on way to the quarterfinals at the Belgrade Open, which he lost to Slovakia’s Alex Molcan.
His other losses came against Bjorn Fratangelo in Miami; Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Estoril; Christian Garin in Madrid, Ilya Ivashka in Geneva and Philipp Kohlschreiber at Roland Garros.
Dimitrov v Verdasco Prediction and Tip
Both players are off colour at the moment, but Verdasco has had an extended period of poor form. Dimitrov will be the favourite to win this contest and setup a clash with a Kazakh in Mikhail Kukushkin or Alexander Bublik.