Dimitrov vs. Edmund
|Date & Time||Monday January 22, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
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Kyle Edmund and Grigor Dimitrov meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.
Kyle Edmund is coming off a four sets win over Andreas Seppi that took 42 games to decide. In the victory, Edmund won 80 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Edmund has played 17 sets to get to this point and is kind of having his breakthrough moment at 22 years old. Edmund has been a talented player on the rise the past couple of seasons, but he’s struggled with consistency and has never really had success on a major level. However, Edmund is hitting the ball with great pace, confidence and spraying a ton of winners across the court, making him a dangerous player the rest of the way and this season overall. This is Edmund’s first career grand slam quarterfinal appearance. Edmund has won three of his last four quarterfinal appearances on the ATP level. Edmund has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.
Grigor Dimitrov is coming off a four sets win over Nick Kyrgios that took 49 games to decide. In the victory, Dimitrov won 81 percent of his first serve points and 40 percent of his second serve points. Dimitrov simply outshot Kyrgios all night long, producing 64 winners and just 27 unforced errors, and he was lights out with his first serve. Dimitrov looks fit, confident and is no longer questioning himself if he belongs on this stage. Right now, Dimitrov looks like he’s one of the best players in the world and seems ready to take that next step in his career at just 26 years old. Dimitrov hopes to make his third career grand slam semifinal appearance. Dimitrov has won two of his three career grand slam quarterfinal appearances. Dimitrov has won 10 of his last 11 matches on hard court.
These two have played twice and Dimitrov has won both meetings. The most recent match was in Brisbane of this year, a match that was decided in three sets. Both meetings between these two players went the distance.
This is going to be a fun match between two of the better younger players in the world. Edmund has the tools to give Dimitrov some problems, and the two previous matches have gone the distance, so the over is in play here. As for picking a winner, you can’t pick against Dimitrov. He’s been the more consistent player, has the experience in big matches and did just beat Edmund a couple of weeks ago.
Edmund’s time will come soon enough, but right now it’s Dimitrov’s time to reach the AO semifinal.