A battle between two of the ATP World Tour’s youngsters is scheduled to take place in the opening round of the Wimbledon Championships, as Grigor Dimitrov and USA’s Ryan Harrison takes place on Tuesday afternoon. This is the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour.
Arguably one of the players who will arrive at the Wimbledon Championships is Grigor Dimitrov, who saved one match point to capture his first ATP World Tour grass-court title on Sunday with a 6-7(8), 7-6(1), 7-6(6) victory over Feliciano Lopez in the final of the Aegon Championships.
“I just fought hard and left everything out on the court – that was my main goal. I achieved what I was looking for.”
While most of his effort is down to his personal growth and development, it is also, in part, due to his coach Roger Rasheed. Since joining forces him in October 2013, the 23 year old has won titles indoors in Stockholm, on outdoor hard court in Acapulco and on clay in Bucharest.
Ryan Harrison began his grass court season in Nottingham where he went 1-1 in the qualifying round. He would offer up a similar showing at the Aegon Championships, but would pick up his game at the Wimbledon qualifying round, with wins over Daniel, Uchiyama and Brands to reach the main draw of the event. He will now get his biggest step up in competition in months when he meets the budding Bulgarian talent.
This is the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour and could be a highly interesting match-up for both players. Dimitrov holds the advantage in every single respect, including ranking, momentum, and experience, which should make the difference overall.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Four Sets