After being dethroned by the Bulgarian at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Andy Murray will once again encounter rising star Grigor Dimitrov, this time to further his quest for a spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Final. This marks the sixth overall encounter between the two, and the third this season alone. Murray leads the head-to-head series 3-2 but has also lost the two most recent encounters this season.
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In a stellar performance to kickstart his campaign at the Paris Bercy, British No. 1 Andy Murray dispatched France’s Julien Benneteau in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to reach the third round of the final Masters series event of the season. Murray was in full control of the contest, as he won 75% of his service points and converted all three of the break point opportunities he received to close out the match in 1 hour and 11 minutes.
Murray, who has now played for five consecutive weeks on the ATP World Tour, is looking to his third consecutive title following wins in Vienna and Valencia.
His next opponent will be ninth seed Grigor Dimitrov, who struck 6 aces, won 80% of his first service points, and converted both break point opportunities to close out the 6-0, 6-3 victory against Pablo Cuevas in 62 minutes.
This marks the sixth time that Murray and Dimitrov will meet on the professional tour, and while the Scot leads the overall head-to-head series 3-2, Dimitrov closed the gap this season with wins in their two most recent encounters. The Bulgarian’s first win came in the semi-final round in Acapulco, while the second was a quarter-final victory over Murray at SW19 to end the Briton’s reign as champion.
Considering the fine form Murray is in late this season, this may prove to be an enthralling encounter between two of the tour’s top talents.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets