Grigor Dimitrov will continue his 2021 US Open campaign against Alexei Popyrin in the second round, on Wednesday, September 1. 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
This will be the second meeting between these two players with Dimitrov winning their previous encounter. The two players met this year in Australia where the Bulgarian prevailed 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3.
Dimitrov Comfortably Through Against Riffice
Once upon a time Dimitrov was dubbed as the future of tennis and compared with Roger Federer, something which has never materialised, however, he has established himself as a top-20 player. The Bulgarian successfully fended off Riffice in his opening round 6-1 7-6(3) 6-3.
Bashing down 14 aces and winning 90% of first-serve points resulted in his opponent having very little to work with, in fact, Dimitrov only offered up 1 break point the whole match. This impressive feat coupled with 42 winners and 28 unforced errors meant Dimitrov booked his spot in the second round.
The 30-year-old currently possesses a 15-13 W/L record for the year, with his most significant result if the year coming in Melbourne where he reached the quarterfinals of the major. Along the way Dimitrov scored impressive wins against Cilic and Carreno Busta, and even a 6-4 6-4 6-0 win over Dominic Thiem. The Bulgarian eventually succumbed to Karatsev in the quarters 2-6 6-4 6-1 6-2.
The former top 3 player will look to replicate his win over Popyrin earlier in the year, this previous encounter will give him much needed mental confidence as he looks to reach the 3rd round.
Popyrin Looking to Avenge Melbourne Loss
Popyrin successfully fought of Albot in the opening round 6-3 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3 to book a rematch against Dimitrov. The Australian hit an impressive 13 aces during the tie and did not lose his serve once, making it incredibly difficult for Albot.
The Australian also powered down 51 winners and won 20/28 net points, a dominant performance and worthy of reaching the second round.
Popyrin has been a winner on the ATP circuit this year, lifting the trophy at an ATP 250 event in Singapore. Along the way defeating Eubanks, Andreev, Ebden, Cilic before beating Bublik in the final 4-6 6-0 6-2 to claim the title.
The 22-year-old will look to avenge the loss he suffered to Dimitrov earlier this year and level the H2H. The previous encounter was very close, so it is definitely on the cards. A third round birth would secure a tie with either Giron or Evans.
Dimitrov v Popyrin Prediction and Tip
It is likely to be a close match between these two players, however, Dimitrov will likely go through to the next round providing he is able to withstand the pressure mentally.