Lopez vs. Dimitrov
|Date & Time||Saturday June 24, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Grigor Dimitrov and Feliciano Lopez meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Queen's Club Championships.
Grigor Dimitrov is coming off a three sets win over Daniil Medvedev that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Dimitrov won 70 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Dimitrov has left the door open for his last two opponents but has still found ways to win critical third sets. While some would say Dimitrov is lucky to be in the semifinals, I consider it progress, as letdowns have usually been his downfall and is the reason he's lost matches in the past. Now that Dimitrov is finding ways to win those those points, he's becoming a far more consistent player. Dimitrov has a chance to make his third final appearance of the season. Dimitrov has split his previous six semifinal appearances. Dimitrov has won five of his last seven matches on grass court.
Feliciano Lopez is coming off a three sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 38 games to decide. In the victory, Lopez won 91 percent of his first serve points and 43 percent of his second serve points. Lopez is coming off an unreal serving performance in which he won 67 of 74 first serve points and had 18 aces. If Lopez has anything left in the tank and come close to duplicating such a performance, he can probably punch his ticket into his 17th career singles final appearance. Lopez hopes to make his second final appearance of the season and his fifth final appearance on grass in his career. Lopez has won his last three semifinal appearances. Lopez has won seven of his last eight matches on grass court.
These two have played three times in the past and Dimitrov has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Cincinnati Masters, a match Dimitrov won in three sets. Lopez’s only win over Dimitrov came in the 2010 Queen's Club Championships.
Considering the last two matches between these guys went the distance, and they're both playing solid tennis overall, we should expect a dandy semifinal match. I give the edge to Dimitrov, however, because of his return game. He should be able to have more success against Lopez’s serve than his past opponents and that's likely going to be the difference here.
I like Dimitrov to make his 12th career final appearance.