Budding Bulgarian talent Grigor Dimitrov is scheduled to begin his fortnight in Paris with a tall challenge in Ivo Karlovic. The two competitors are tied 1-1 in the head-to-head series, which sets up a fun rubber match on Monday afternoon.
The world No. 12 picked up his first of the season in Acapulco, Mexico two months ago, and followed up with a fantastic week in Burachest, Romania, where he picked up the second title in 2014 and his third overall. Dimitrov defeated defending champion Lukas Rosol in straight sets to clinch the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, which helped lift him to No. 12 in the world. He is coming off a semi-final loss to Rafael Nadal in Rome last week but appears to be more than prepared, for the task at hand.
Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic is coming off a strong week in Dusseldorf, where he defeated Kamke, Milojevic, Monaco and Vesely before facing Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final and losing there. Interestingly enough, prior to his week in Dusseldorf, Karlovic’s had lost in straight sets to the Bulgarian in Rome. He will be looking to avenge his loss but is yet to find his form on clay after a strong title run in February.
This meeting will serve as the rubber match between the two competitors. Karlovic triumphed in their first meeting on his preferred surface, while Dimitrov won their most recent meeting in Rome. The tide favours Dimitrov, who played a fantastic match against the Croat last week.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Four Sets