Two talented youngsters will contest a compelling match-up on Stadium Court on Friday afternoon to determine who will proceed to the final four in Toronto. Wawrinka vanquisher, Kevin Anderson and budding Bulgarian talent Grigor Dimitrov will meet for the sixth time on the ATP World Tour, with Dimitrov leading the series 4-1. This is also a rematch of their thrilling final in Acapulco earlier this season.
Seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov had his hands full at the Grand Stand on Thursday afternoon, as the Bulgarian was pushed to three sets against Tommy Robredo before edging out the match 7-5, 5-7, 7-5. Dimitrov hit 6 aces, won 80% of his first service points and won 3 out of 8 break points to secure the victory in 2 hours and four minutes.
World No. 21 Kevin Anderson followed up on his previous Masters 1000 victory over Stan Wawrinka with another one at the Rogers Cup in Toronto in the first match of the day on Stadium Court.
The South African was in complete control of the contest from the get-go, as took command of his service games and pressured Wawrinka consistently early on. He would eventually edge out the opening set tiebreaker 10-8 to give him the necessary boost heading into the second set.
“I start really well I think,” Wawrinka said following the loss. “I did a really bad game to give him back the break. I was starting well, I was moving well, and that was a bad moment for me. That gave him confidence to play better after.”
While the two competitors remained on serve for a large portion of the set, it was the 11th game that was the crucial on, as Anderson found his opening to take a 6-5 lead before closing out the match 7-6(8), 7-5. Anderson hit 11 aces, won 84% of his first service points and got just the one pivotal break against his Swiss opponent to secure his spot in the quarter-final round in 1 hour and 44 minutes.
“In general he served really well,” Wawrinka added. “Was tough to return. Little bit windy, and I had some chance especially in the first set. I had set point. I had two, three time Love-30, and choosing the right shot to play. Did some mistake that I shouldn’t do, and that’s happened. Then it is tough to lose like that.”
This marks the sixth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Dimitrov leading the series 4-1. He had won the last four consecutive matches against Anderson, including a very close and competitive meeting in the final of Acapulco. This one is too close to call and it could very well be Anderson’s time for the upset win.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Three Sets