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July 06, 2013
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Dimitrov to Face Wildcard in Bastad

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Dimitrov Gets Kind First Round Draw

It seems like a lot has happened since Dimitrov lost at Wimbledon. The tournament has thrown up plenty of drama and more than its fair share of upsets. Next week it is back to action for Dimitrov in Bastad, he is on clay again which will hopefully help him, his results on that surface this year have been his best.

The draw initially has been pretty kind, he is to face Elias Ymer in the first round, I have never heard of him although in my defence he is ranked 1033 and is only 17 years old. This should be a straightforward victory for Dimitrov, although his opponent his completely unknown to me Dimitrov is actually based at the same academy as him in Sweden so there shouldn’t be too many surprises on the court. I expect this to be a straight sets victory, there is really no excuses for anything else.

Looking into the next round then it will probably be a match against Filippo Volandri, the Italian is ranked 99 in the world and has plenty of experience on the tour. Dimitrov should again be too strong, he will need to play well though, Volandri has had some decent results on clay this year and won a challenger in June in Milan ¬†on the surface while Dimitrov was playing on the grass. I think this will be straight sets victory again albeit quite tight. Dimitrov won’t be feeling too confident as his results on grass were not great and he really needs to raise the level of his performance.

I am confident that we should see Dimitrov in the quarter finals and that is where things will get tough. His likely opponent is third seed Juan Monaco, a very good clay court player and ranked 20 in the world. This is the type of player Dimitrov is capable of beating but only if he is really focused and doesn’t let his mind go walkabout. The type of performance we seen against Nadal and Djokovic is what is needed, Dimitrov has the game to beat the best players but he has to play a high level the entire match and take his chances when they come. I definitely don’t feel confident enough to say I see Dimitrov winning this one, I think I will just wait and see what happens, he too often goes missing when it really matters and there is no point in even thinking about a possible semi final with Almagro.

I was disappointed with the grass court season from Dimitrov and especially the chances he threw away against Zemlja. I have seen a lot of people say they think he seems too nice, he doesn’t have that desire to win. There is definitely some truth in that, I don’t agree with everything Janowicz says and does but you have to admire his belief and the fact that he isn’t just happy to be out on court with the best players he really believes he can beat them. Respect for an opponent is important but Dimitrov seism to have too much sometimes and needs to change that.

I don’t have too many expectations for next week, I think we will see a couple of wins and if plays his best there is no player in the draw he can’t beat but it is a big if, Dimitrov hasn’t really played well since beating Djokovic in Madrid and needs to find that form again soon if he wants to be seeded at the US Open. Dimitrov has disappointed before when big things have been expected so maybe this time it will be the complete opposite and he has a great week, lets hope so.

Djokovic vs Murray At Wimbledon

I thought I would just finish with a word about tomorrows final. I am Scottish so hope Murray wins, he hasn’t played his best but I really do fancy him in tomorrows final, I think his game is better suited to grass than Djokovic and obviously he will have the home support which will help. That said Djokovic is such an amazing player and his semi final with Del Potro was one of the best matches I have ever seen, the standard of tennis was ridiculous and Del Potro’s forehand is an actual weapon, I am pretty sure you would be in hospital if it hit you!

I think this will be a very tight match, they have similar styles which means they are not always the most exciting matches but still manage to keep you enthralled. The crowd will give Murray an edge and I can see him winning this one in four very close sets.

photo by: Marianne Bevis

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