A first-time meeting between Grigor Dimirov and Federico Delbonis is scheduled to take place in the opening round of the Wimbledon Championships on Monday afternoon. The two will be placed as one of the feature attractions of the day and that is a significant amount of pressure and expectation from a pairing that is yet to ever contest a match opposite each other on the professional tour.
In his only appearances on grass so far this season, Grigor Dimitrov, the defending champion at the Aegon Championships at the time, needed two days to get through his opening round match against Sam Querrey. He eventually rallied from a set and a break down in the match to secure the 4-6, 6-3 6-4 over the Aegon champion from five years ago. However, he would go on to lose his second round match against Gilles Muller, who would go on an extended run at Queen’s Club. Now the 2008 junior champion at Wimbledon hopes to improve upon his semi-final showing at the event last year.
“Obviously reaching the semi-finals was one of the biggest highlights in my career so far. I’m excited to be back on the grass at Wimbledon,” said the 24-year-old. “Last year I had a great run so why not repeat it and why not get a step further. The only thing I can do … is fight the battles. If I do that in a good way and a good manner I think things will happen for me. I’m the only one who puts the pressure on me. I just focus on myself and work hard so that I get better and better every time I step out on court.”
Dimitrov will contest his opening match against Federico Delbonis, who holds an 11-10 record this season and is ranked No. 82 in the world. He most recently lost his opening match at the French Open and is yet to contest a match on grass this season.
This marks the first time that Dimitrov and Delbonis will cross paths on the professional tour and should be a match that represents little difficulty for the Bulgarian talent. While he does not appear to be in top form as he was last season, he should still have little trouble dispatching the Argentinian to reach the second round.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Straight Sets