Following thrilling three set matches in their respective quarter-final contests, British No. 1 Andy Murray and budding Bulgarian talent Grigor Dimitrov will meet at the Mexican Open semi-final on Friday evening. Both competitors are looking to reach their first ATP World Tour final this season and will likely put on an exciting contest in the process. This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the professional circuit, with Murray leading the head-to-head series 3-0.
World No. 7 Andy Murray survived a gruelling battle against France’ Gilles Simon last night, to rally from a set and a break down to win the match in three sets, lasting a total time of 2 hours and 34 minutes. The second seed hit 5 aces and managed all five of his break point opportunities to edge Simon 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.
Following a disappointing start, where he lost the opening set 6-1 to Simon, Murray fell behind once again in the second set 3-5, but recovered to force a tiebreak, which he won 7-4. From then on, Murray would storm to a 3-0 lead in the final set, before closing out the set 6-2 to arrive at his first semi-final of the season. While Murray has been far from his best during his first three matches at the Mexican Open, he has always managed to conclude the contests emphatically and will be looking to do the same thing against Dimitrov on Friday evening.
Bulgarian No. 1 Grigor Dimitrov put on a fantastic performance for the Mexican crowd last night, as he rallied from a set down to defeat last week’s Marseille champion Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-5. The 22-year-old withstood 15 aces from the Latvian, as well as managing to save 5/7 break points against him throughout the match to snatch the victory in a close third set. The contest lasted 2 hours and 39 minutes, which was also just 5 minutes longer that Murray’s match against Simon.
This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the professional circuit, with Murray leading the head-to-head series 3-0. The Briton won two encounters in 2013, as well as their first meeting in 2011 – all of which ended in straight sets. Dimitrov is yet to take a significant lead over Murray in any of their matches, yet this could certainly be his opportunity to snatch at least a set against the lackluster second seed. The 26-year-old is yet to regain his top form, and has also been unable to start matches with the same intestity he concludes them with, which could be detrimental against a talented opponent such as Dimitrov. The two-time Grand Slam champion should manage this match in three sets if he remains focused late in the match.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets