Dimitrov Safely Through in Wimbledon Opener
Dimitrov Beats Bolelli In Straight Sets
Well the first match is over and it was a really good performance from Dimitrov, I couldn’t really have asked for more, he looked focused from right from the start and never let Bolelli have a look in. This was a great way to start and the scoreline of 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 doesn’t flatter Dimitrov at all.
The first set started well and Dimitrov broke Bolelli in his first service game to open up a 2-0 lead. He never looked back from there and took the set 6-1. Bolelli didn’t play very well and made quite a lot of errors but Dimitrov was ruthless in capitalising on them and served well the entire set.
Into the second set and Dimitrov was having to work harder now, he still looked the much better player but Bolelli was starting to play more consistently and hit some good winners. The set went with serve until 4-4, at this stage Dimitrov started to put more pressure on the Bolelli serve and on break point Dimitrov fought the way he needs to if he wants to make it to the top. Bolelli was on top in the point and had Dimitrov scrambling all over the back of the court, eventually at full stretch Dimitrov could only lob up a high backhand that Bolelli should have smashed away but actually missed handing Dimitrov the vital break. This willingness to chase down every ball was impressive to see. It looked like he might be under some pressure at 0-30 in the next game but some great serving saw him hold and take the set 6-4.
The third set was much the same as the second with both players holding early before Dimitrov broke to lead 4-3. From there he never looked back and after a few deuces on the Bolelli serve at 5-3 he took his opportunity on match point and closed out a comfortable victory.
Views On The Match
This was the best I have seen Dimitrov play since the Djokovic match in Madrid. He looked good from start to finish, there were none of the lapses in concentration we have seen in previous matches. This definitely didn’t look like the same player we saw at Queens. He looked really fired up for this match and you could tell how much it meant to him to win it.
The stats make impressive reading, he served 73% first serves and won 93% of points when the first serve went in. He was winning 59% of points behind his second serve and hit 26 winners while only making 9 unforced errors. This was really good stuff and while there may have been some disappointing performances recently this reminded people of why so much is expected of him.
This is only one match and in all honesty his opponent wasn’t great but you can’t worry about that and just have to go out and play your game. Dimitrov did that today, there was no aspect of his game that looked weak and if he can continue this level going forward in the tournament then he will be a difficult for anyone to beat. The most impressive aspect today was definitely the drive and focus he showed throughout the match. The worry with Dimitrov is always that his mind goes and he will start making lots of errors and not look interested. There was none of that today and this performance should show him the difference that makes on the court. If he always goes on the court with the right attitude then he has the tennis that is capable of competing with the very best in the world. Lets hope this form continues into the next round.
Second Round Versus Zemlja
In the second round Dimitrov will play Grega Zemlja of Slovenia who beat Michael Russell 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1. This will be a tougher match and Zemlja will be confident having reached the last 16 at Queens Club a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t seen much of him play and didn’t see any of his match today, looking at the stats he hit a lot of winners and will be a handful for Dimitrov. I would like to think after today that Dimitrov feels confident against anyone, if he goes out and plays consistently and serves well then I think he will win this one. Grass is a tough surface though and can be quite unforgiving if you play loose games and lose serve. I think this will be a 4 setter but I feel confident that Dimitrov will progress.
Today was a really enjoyable match to watch, Dimitrov has a lot of support from the crowd at Wimbledon and hopefully after Thursday I will be writing about another victory.