Dimitrov vs Ivashka: how will Grigor start his campaign?
The Bulgarian tennis player hasn't put a lot of effort into his performance this year. He lacks stability and there are a lot of problems in his game. Grigor even dropped out of the Top 20 of the ATP ranking.
The tournament in Washington can save Dimitrov's tour, even though his opponents will be quite tough here. The last time Dimitrov appeared on the court was at Wimbledon, but after a victory over Fernando Verdasco (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4) he was ousted by Alexander Bublik.
Ivashka is having a pretty good season, but he doesn't have any serious achievements yet. The Belarusian athlete played several matches at the Olympic Games but only reached the last 16.
Ivashka didn't have enough time to rest and prepare for the tournament in Washington, but still, he had a successful start. He defeated Egor Gerasimov in two sets (7-5, 6-4). Ilya had a powerful serve and controlled the match, and as a result, easily progressed to the second round.
In the last five matches of Ilya Ivashka, more than nine games were played in the first set.
Three tie-breaks were played in 3 of the last 5 matches of Grigor Dimitrov.
Dimitrov needs to win, otherwise, this season will be a complete failure. Grigor understands that he is far from optimal form, but he can and must pass such an opponent as Ilya Ivashko. In our opinion, the World №21 will play very aggressively, which should help him win.
Our prediction - Grigor Dimitrov to win.
Ivashka has been working hard throughout the entire tour. The tournament in Washington will not be an exception. We assume that this will be a close match, so our second bet will be on the total over.
Second bet - total over 22 games.