Kohlschreiber vs. Dimitrov
|Date & Time||Thursday April 19, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Grigor Dimitrov and Philipp Kohlschreiber meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis Monte Carlo Masters.
Grigor Dimitrov is coming off a three sets win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Dimitrov won 75 percent of his first serve points and 75 percent of his second serve points. Dimitrov has had an up and down season all year and had to make a comeback after dropping the first set in his second round victory. Dimitrov has been broken at least once in each of his last six matches and is coming off a match in which he was broken three times. So far, this isn’t the same Dimitrov we saw last year, a guy who was one of the more improved players in the country. Dimitrov hopes to make the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters for the third time in his career and the first time since 2015. Dimitrov has won five of his last eight matches on clay court.
Philipp Kohlschreiber is coming off a straight sets win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Kohlschreiber won 80 percent of his first serve points and 71 percent of his second serve points. Kohlschreiber has yet to drop a set this tournament and is coming off a match in which he dropped just six first serve points. Kohlschreiber is serving really well on this clay surface and has been able to break seven times in his first two matches. Kohlschreiber is playing overall solid tennis and has a chance to reach his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarterfinal of the year. Kohlschreiber hopes to make his third Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal trip and first since 2010. Kohlschreiber has won five of his last six matches on clay court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2017 Madrid Masters, a match Dimitrov won in straight sets. The match took 23 games to be decided.
Kohlschreiber has played some of his best tennis so far this season on clay court, but this is about the time he usually goes away in big tournaments. Dimitrov has been struggling so far this season, but there’s something to be said about winning despite not playing your best. It’s only a matter of time before Dimitrov snaps out of this funk and starts playing cleaner tennis. Then the wins won’t be so close.
Give me Dimitrov to reach the quarters.