Grigor Dimitrov vs. Stan Wawrinka
|Date & Time||Monday August 5, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Stan Wawrinka will play against Grigor Dimitrov in the opening round of the 2019 ATP Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada.
Stan Wawrinka enters this match following a poor campaign at Wimbledon where he was eliminated in the opening round. Despite that result, Wawrinka will feel that he is in good form as he made the quarterfinals of both the French Open and the Madrid Masters. Wawrinka had a very strong clay-court season where he defeated the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Kei Nishikori.
The Rogers Cup has been a decent tournament for Stan Wawrinka as he made the semifinals in 2016 and the quarterfinals in 2011. Considering Wawrinka’s form and record at this venue, the Swiss superstar will be confident in his ability to make an impact in this tournament.
On the other side of the coin, Grigor Dimitrov has looked in poor form. Dimitrov has only won 1 match since the end of the French Open. It has been a poor few years for Grigor Dimitrov as he has struggled since the start of the 2018 season. Returning to the Rogers Cup should be a boost for Grigor Dimitrov as he has an outstanding record at this tournament. Dimitrov has won 63% of his matches at the Rogers Cup with 2 quarter final appearances and 1 semifinal appearance. Grigor Dimitrov made the quarterfinals of this tournament last season.
Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov have managed to create a rivalry in recent seasons. These two players have played each other 9 times in the past with Wawrinka winning on 5 occasions and Dimitrov winning on 4 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was months ago at the French Open where Stan Wawrinka won in straight sets. Wawrinka has won the last 3 head-to-head matches. Grigor Dimitrov last defeated Stan Wawrinka in 2016.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Stan Wawrinka to win. Dimitrov has been in awful form and the Bulgarian looks very low on confidence. Wawrinka has beaten Dimitrov 3 times in the past 2 years and it seems like the Swiss superstar has the momentum against the Bulgarian. Wawrinka looks in better form and I see him making it through to the second round.