Following his opening round match-up against James Ward, Grigor Dimitrov is through to the third round at Queen’s Club, where he will face France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin for a spot in the quarter-final round of the tournament. This marks the second time in as many months that these two competitors cross paths on the professional tour, with Dimitrov leading the head-to-head series 1-0 with a victory at the Rome Masters. The slippery surface will make this a slightly different encounter.
Following the unfortunate conclusion to Dimitrov’s clay court season, the Bulgarian transitioned nicely on the grass courts, where he defeated wild card James Ward 7-5, 6-3 at the Aegon Championships. It was a straightforward contest that lasted a mere 68 minutes, and Dimitrov seemed to find his stride quickly on the slippery surface, as he struck 8 aces, 5 double faults, and won 82% of his points on first serve.
France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin needed three sets to dispatch fellow countryman Nicolas Mahut to arrive at the third round in Queen’s Club. He took the opening set comfortably, lost the second set 6-1, and finally snatched the third set in a tight tiebreaker.He struck 7 aces, 1 double fault and won 68% of his first service points to secure the win in one hour and 56 minutes.
This is just the second time these two competitors cross paths on the professional tour, with their first meeting taking place just over a month ago at the Rome Masters event. The contest lasted three sets, but the in-form Dimitrov snatched the victory in the deciding set to reach the second round. Based on their first matches on grass, it would appear that Dimitrov has made the easier transition and that will likely benefit him on Thursday.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Three Sets