Frances Tiafoe vs Grigor Dimitrov
|Date & Time||Friday September 21, 2018, 1:30 PM (EDT)|
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Grigor Dimitrov will be playing Frances Tiafoe is the first match of the 2018 Laver Cup.
Grigor Dimitrov will be representing Europe in this tournament. Grigor Dimitrov enters this tournament following a disappointing US Open where he was eliminated by Stan Wawrinka in the opening round of the tournament. It has been a very tough season for Dimitrov as he has struggled to make any deep runs in tournaments with very poor performances at Grand Slam events. This tournament might be a good opportunity for Grigor Dimitrov to find some form as he will be representing a team rather than himself which might mean he will have less pressure to perform. Grigor Dimitrov is a very experienced and talented player which is proven by his 8 ATP titles. With such a great deal of skill and experience, I am expecting Grigor Dimitrov to turn things around and play his best tennis.
On the other side of the court, Frances Tiafoe will be enjoying this opportunity. Tiafoe was a late inclusion following Juan Martin del Potro’s withdrawal and will hope to make a statement as he is set to take on some of the best players in the world. Tiafoe recently played in the Davis Cup for the USA where he struggled and lost both of his rubbers. Those losses cost the team the tie and it is will be interesting to see if Tiafoe still has the confidence to play at his best.
These two players have played once in the past where Grigor Dimitrov won. That match was only a few weeks ago at the ATP Rogers Cup.
While Grigor Dimitrov has struggled in recent times, I think he will be able to bounce back strongly and win this match. Dimitrov is a great player and is ranked amongst the top 10 in the world. Frances Tiafoe is not yet at the level of Grigor Dimitrov and with both players having a poor US Open, I see Grigor Dimitrov bouncing back stronger. Grigor Dimitrov to win this match.