The budding Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov is through to his third final of the season, this time at the Aegon Championships, where he will face Feliciano Lopez for an opportunity to lift his first ever grass court title. The head-to-head series stands at 1-0 for the Spaniard, who defeated Dimitrov back at this event in 2010.
World No. 13 Grigor Dimitrov began his week at Queen’s Club with straight set victories over James Ward and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. He would then receive a walkover in the quarter-final round when Alexandr Dolgopolov withdrew from the event with a right thigh injury. Dimitrov added to his impressive week on Saturday afternoon, when he dispatched top seed Stan Wawrinka in comfortable fashion. Grigor dropped 6 games in the entire match and even frustrated Wawrinka to the point that the Swiss mangled one of his racquets.
“It’s a good feeling,” said Dimitrov. “I always wanted to be in a final out here, stepping on there on Sunday means a lot to me, especially out here. I don’t know why I have such a strong intuition about this tournament. It has always been one of the biggest events for me, for some reason. There’s nothing better than to be in the final. I’m sure I’m going to go out there and give 100 per cent from myself.”
Spain’s Feliciano Lopez reached the final at Queen’s Club following an entertaining battle against Radek Stepanek, which ended 7-6(7), 6-4. After a tough opening set, Lopez found his needed break in the second and crusied to a victory thereafter in one hour and 42 minutes.
Looking ahead to the clash with Dimitrov, Lopez said, “Obviously tomorrow is going to be so different [than four years ago]. He’s a completely different player than he was when we played here a few years ago. As he showed today, he’s playing great. He beat [Wawrinka] easily today. He’s going to be very confident tomorrow. If I want to win, I have to play like I did today: very aggressive, consistent. If I play like this, I will have my opportunities, I think.”
This is the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, and while it is at the same event, it is under far different circumstances. Dimitrov is a far more developed player than he was four years ago, while Lope has arguably seen his best days on a tennis court. This time around the contest should favour Dimitrov.
Prediction: Grigior Dimitrov in Three Sets