Eighth seed Grigor Dimitrov and Dmitry Tursunov will meet in an intriguing clash on Tuesday afternoon at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. This marks the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Tursunov leading the head-to-head series 1-0.
Bulgarian No. 1 Grigor Dimitrov has been off the tour since his outstanding run at the Australian Open, where he reached the quarter-final stage, defeating Bradley Klahn, Yen-Hsun Lu, Milos Raonic and Roberto Bautista Agut before succumbing to eventual finalist Rafael Nadal. Following his breakthrough season in 2013, Dimitrov is on a mission to continue his rise through the rankings, where he is currently lodged at No. 19. His first opponent in Rotterdam is former Top 20 player Dmitry Tursunov, who he is yet to defeat on the professional tour.
Tursunov has had a busy 2014 season, having taken part in five tournaments, including Davis Cup competition. His best performance came in Sydney, where he reached the semi-final before succumbing to eventual champion Juan Martin del Potro. Apart from that, he has lost in the opening round in Brisbane, and the second round in both the Australian Open and Montpellier, both to Denis Istomin.
This marks the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Tursunov leading the series 1-0 with a win back in 2011. Much has changed over the past three years, with Dimitrov finally breaking through into the Top 20, which places him as the favourite ahead of this match-up. The budding talent should fare quite well in this contest if he is able to capitalize on his serve and not lose focus during his service games. Accuracy and stamina will be his keys to victory on Tuesday afternoon.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Three Sets