Grigor Dimitrov vs. Stan Wawrinka
|Date & Time||Monday August 27, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Dimitrov -118 / Wawrinka -103 -- Over/Under:
Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis US Open.
Stan Wawrinka had a downright brutal season that he’s just now starting to turn around, as he’s won five of his last seven matches and is fresh off a quarterfinal trip in Cincinnati. Wawrinka has cleaned up some of the unforced error issues and is becoming more consistent with his serve. We all know the player Wawrinka is when he’s in good form, but those injuries clearly have taken its toll on him and it’s taken some time to shake off the rust. Hopefully Wawrinka can build on his recent momentum, and let’s not forget he won the US Open (2016) the last time he participated. Wawrinka has lost in the first round of a grand slam in two of his last four appearances. Wawrinka has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
Grigor Dimitrov is another player who has had struggles this year, as he hasn’t won more than two matches in a single tournament since Monte Carlo. Dimitrov has had issues with his second serve and the unforced errors have also played a part in these shaky results. Dimitrov does have the ability to overthink things and can let his frustration get the best of him at times. A win over a grand slam champ could do wonders for Dimitrov getting his confidence back. Dimitrov has lost in the first round of a grand slam twice since 2016. Dimitrov is 8-7 in his career at the US Open, his second worst grand slam winning percentage. Dimitrov has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
These two have played seven times and Dimitrov has won four of those matches. The most recent match was in this years Wimbledon, a match Wawrinka won in four sets. Dimitrov has won four of the last five matches against Wawrinka.
This is easily one of the best first round matches, as we’re talking about two of the better players in the world when they’re on. Struggles or not, this will be intriguing and there will be impressive shots. As for a winner, I’m siding with Wawrinka. He not only just beat Dimitrov last month, but he showed signs in his last two tournaments that his game is coming back.
Wawrinka is the much safer pick in this match.