Andy Murray can move one step closer to joining an exclusive list of players who have made all four slam finals in a year if he wins on Monday against Grigor Dimitrov. Dimitrov is playing in the second week of a slam for the first time since 2014, where he was a semi finalist at Wimbledon – actually beating Murray to get there.
Marcel Granollers and Lukas Rosol were defeated with ease as expected but there was no guessing that Paolo Lorenzi would win a set against the World No.2. Murray’s game was way off, allowing the Italian veteran to take the second set before taking control from the third onwards. There is little for Murray to worry about in the grand scheme of things but he cannot play at the level he did against Lorenzi in future matches and expect to get away with it like he did here.
Dimitrov is one such player who could take advantage if Murray puts in a disastrous performance. His run to the fourth round needed a comeback win against Chardy before defeating Sousa to make it this far. The Portugese no.1 did threaten a comeback but it was snuffed out quickly in the fourth set.
“I think we both know our game pretty well. I don’t think there’s going to be any surprises” the 22nd seed said on the matchup with Murray. They have met 9 times already and Dimitrov has acquitted himself well against Murray, winning three times including the only meeting they have had this year. Dimitrov came from a set down to win in Miami.
Prediction – Andy Murray in four sets