Budding Bulgarian talent Grigor Dimitrov is slotted to begin his grass court season at the Aegon Championships, where he will meet one of the few British talents at the event, James Ward. This is the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional circuit, and is likely a contest that will heavily favour Dimitrov, even though he will be in hostile territory against the Brit.
The world No. 13 picked up his first of the season in Acapulco, Mexico three 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. He would have his clay court season cut short in Paris, when Ivo Karlovic unceremoniously dispatched him in the opening round of the tournament. He will look to rebound this week at Queen’s Club, where he reached the semi-final in 2012 before losing to the now-retired David Nalbandian.
World No. 155 James Ward joined Dan Evans and Andy Murray in the second round of the Aegon Championships after a strong7-5, 6-4 victory against Blaz Rola. The 27-year-old did not make the best of starts to his grass court season when he lost his opening match in Nottingham, but seems to have found his groove in London, and will now hope for an inspired performance against his blooming adversary. Ward will need to utilize the support of the crowd to unleash his potential against Dimitrov.
Dimitrov and Ward have never met on the professional tour, but did meet on the Challengers circuit back in 2008 – a match that Ward won in straight sets on the clay courts in Spain. Now, years later and seemingly worlds apart, it would appear to be an easy match for Dimitrov, but crazier things have happened on the grass courts in London.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Three Sets