Grigor Dimitrov and Stanislas Wawrinka close out the initial schedule for Centre Court on Day 1 of Wimbledon in a potential thriller if the Swiss can bring his A-game. Wawrinka needs just Wimbledon for his career grand slam but has never looked anything like a legitimate contender, making the quarter finals twice as he was beginning to peak. Meanwhile, Dimitrov’s best is a semi final in 2014 – where he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in four sets.
Wawrinka’s comeback has been disappointing this year, going just 5-9 in 2018. More than that, his were coming to low ranked players including the likes of Tallon Griekspoor and Ilya Ivashka. He did manage to pick up a single win across Queens and Eastbourne. A competitive match against Sam Querrey fizzled out in the third at Queens while he was outplayed by Andy Murray at Eastbourne, winning just four games.
After a third round exit in Paris, Dimitrov will have wanted to have got more game time on the grass than his two matches at Queens. A former champion there, he flamed out in the second round with a loss to eventual finalist Novak Djokovic. Dimitrov does lead the head to head 4-2 and won in their only grass meeting on his way to winning the Queens title. Between Wawrinka’s general struggles on grass and his inability to beat an Andy Murray not fit enough for Wimbledon, it’s hard to make a case for his victory unless Dimitrov puts in a disastrous performance. The Swiss will look to continue to gain match fitness ahead of the US Open in 2 months.
Prediction – Grigor Dimitrov in four sets