An extraordinarily intriguing match-up is set to grace the third round of the United States Open on Sunday afternoon, as Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin meet for the first time on the ATP World Tour. They have actually had three previous meetings, two on the Challenger circuit and one on the ITF Futures circuit. Goffin is yet to beat Dimitrov but their last meeting took place four years ago in Geneva.
The seventh seed cruised into the third round of the US Open on Friday afternoon when he defeated Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. The Bulgarian hit 6 aces and a total of 21 winners en route to his victory in 90 minutes.
Goffin became one of the hottest commodities this summer when he managed to string together three consecutive title wins on the ATP Challenger circuit and extended that extraordinary streak when he returned to the ATP World Tour a few weeks ago in Kitzbuhel, where he defeated the likes of Kenny de Schepper, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Paolo Lorenzi, Maximo Gonzalez and Dominic Thiem to win the title. He would stretch his winning streak to 25 matches before losing to Jerzy Janowicz in the semi-final round in New Haven ahead of the US Open.
Since arriving in New York, Goffin has picked up straight sets wins over Niels Desein and Portugese No. 1 Joao Sousa, whom he defeated 6-4, 6-2, 6-0. It marked his 13th tour-level match win this season and added to his list of countless upsets.
This marks the first time that Dimitorv and Goffin will cross paths in a tour-level contest but that does not mean they are not well acquainted with each other’s game. They previously met on three separate occasions, with Dimitrov winning both their Challenger matches as well as their ITF Futures contest. All those matches took place over four years ago, and both have clearly developed their games since then. This should be a fun meeting, even though it should end in straightforward fashion for Dimtirov.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Four Sets