A highly expected match-up between world No. 6 David Ferrer and budding talent Grigor Dimitrov is scheduled to take place in the third round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. This marks the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Ferrer leading the head-to-head series 3-1. Check out the Ferrer vs Dimitrov H2H matches.
World No. 6 David Ferrer lost only three games in his second round match against France’s Jeremy Chardy. The Spaniard struck 87% of his first service points and managed 5/9 break points to earn the 6-3, 6-0 victory in 1 hour and five minutes of court time. Ferrer is looking for his second title of the season, after winning the Buenos Aires clay court title back in February. While Ferrer did not take part in the Monte Carlo Masters last year, he lost in the opening round in 2012 after reaching the finals of the event in 2011. He will be looking to make a deep run at the event for the first time in three years.
World No. 14 Grigor Dimitrov was faced with another three-set battle on Wednesday afternoon, as he rallied from a set down to defeat qualifier Albert Ramos 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Dimitrov hit 8 aces and won 87% of his first service points to secure the victory in exactly 2 hours. This was a similar contest to his opening round match-up against another Spaniard in Marcel Granollers and he will now need to work up the energy to face the second ranked Spaniard David Ferrer, whom he holds a losing record against.
This marks the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Ferrer leading the head-to-head series 3-1. Dimitrov holds the most recent win, where he defeated Ferrer in finals of the Stockhom Open to win his maiden ATP World Tour title. All four of their previous encounters took place on hard courts, so it will be interesting to see their compatibility on the red dust. Ferrer will have the advantage of playing several tournaments this year in on clay ahead on Monte Carlo, as well as a day off to rest and prepare for this third round match-up.
Prediction: David Ferrer in Three Sets