Fernando Verdasco vs. Grigor Dimitrov
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 8, 2018, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Verdasco +129 / Dimitrov -149 -- Over/Under:
Grigor Dimitrov and Fernando Verdasco meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis Rogers Cup.
Grigor Dimitrov is in need of a bounce back performance, as he enters this tournament splitting his last six matches and really not looking good since Monte Carlo. Dimitrov lost in the first round of the Wimbledon to Stan Wawrinka, who has yet to find his footing since his injuries and has taken some brutal losses. Dimitrov needs some confidence boosting performances if he’s going to have any success in the upcoming US Open. We know Dimitrov is capable of beating anybody on any given day and is one of the more talented players in the world, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen him struggle to this extent. Dimitrov has lost four of his last five matches on hard court.
Fernando Verdasco is coming off a straight sets win over Peter Gojowczyk that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Verdasco won 80 percent of his first serve points and 70 percent of his second serve points. Verdasco won 76 percent of his total service points and didn’t face a single break point in his first round victory. Verdasco always has the shotmaking ability in his tool box and can put together sets of brilliant tennis, but he’s going to be an even tougher out if he can serve to that level consistently. Of course, it’s a different task when going up against a top-10 player, something Verdasco has struggled against over the years. This will be a strong mental test for the 31-year-old Spaniard. Verdasco has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
These two have split the previous four matches, with Verdasco winning the most recent match in this years Indian Wells Masters. All four matches between these two players have gone three sets.
Verdasco is playing better tennis right now, but it’s no secret he usually folds in matches against top-10 players. Verdasco isn’t the strongest mentally and it only takes for an upper tier player to take control of a set or win a game big game and everything falls apart for Verdasco. Backing Dimitrov in his current form is risky, but this is the type of grinding out match he needs to get back on track.
I’ll take Dimitrov here.