Budding Bulgarian talent Grigor Dimitrov continues his rise through the Emirates ATP Rankings this season, with his schedule taking him to Madrid this week, where he will begin his campaign against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. This marks the first time these two competitors meet on the professional tour, but they did meet once in a ATP Challengers qualifying round in Marbury back in 2010.
The Bulgarian No. 1 picked up his first of the season in Acapulco, Mexico two months ago, and is now coming off a fantastic week in Burachest, Romiania, 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. 13 in the world.
While Dimitrov is happy with his recent success, he admits that this was the goal all along, and that he has been working really hard to start winning ATP World Tour titles on a regular basis. He even mentioned that following the match.
“I have worked really hard to start winning titles. I have put in enough effort, time and sacrifices to get here.”
Now armed with this newfound confidence, Dimitrov will be looking to make an impression at the fourth Masters event of the season, and the second on clay.
On the other side of the net, world No. 60 Pablo Carreno Busta recently made an impression on the tour when he replaced Richard Gasquet in Monte Carlo as a lucky loser, where he then proceeded to upset Ivan Dodig and Gael Monfils before losing to Novak Djokovic in the third round. He would lose his momentum in Barcelona, where he would lose his opening match to world No. 131 Andrey Kuznetsov.
This marks the first time these two competitors meet on the professional tour, but they did meet once in a ATP Challengers qualifying round in Marbury back in 2010. It was a contest that Dimitrov won (on clay) 6-4, 6-1. While it has been 4 years since that encounter, the advantage still lies with the Bulgarian, who is currently brimming with confidence and looking to accumulate more titles throughout the year.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Straight Sets