ATP Basel 2013 R2: Grigor Dimitrov vs Alexandr Dolgopolov Preview

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An interesting contest between Grigor Dimitrov (Player Info) and Alexandr Dolgopolov (Player Info) takes place in the second round of the Swiss Indoor Open 2013 today afternoon. The World No. 22 will be looking to avenge a loss to the Ukrainian back in 2011 and bring their overall H2H series to 1-1. Check out the Dimitrov v Dolgopolov Head to Head.

Dimitrov defeated Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3 in quick fashion to advance to the second round of the Basel Open. He struck nine aces and won 89% of points on first serve to dominate the entire proceeding for the entire 73 minutes of the match. The Bulgarian looked extremely confident in his performance and that may be due to the fact that he had won his first career ATP Tour title that previous Sunday, when he overcame World No. 3 David Ferrer to win the If Stockholm Open. If he gets past Alexander Dolgopolov, he will encounter Roger Federer in the quarter-finals. He has complied a 34-21 win-loss record this season, with 20 of those wins on hard courts.

The World No. 38 won his opening round match against Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-4 to set up his encounter with the Bulgarian. Prior to arriving in Basel, he reached the quarter-finals in Tokyo and the second round in Shanghai, where he lost to Rafael Nadal. He is coming off his worst post-US Open performance with his opening round loss in Moscow. He has compiled a 24-25 record on the tour this year and will be looking to end his season with a winning record.

Dolgopolov won their only previous encounter in Winston-Salem back in 2011 as he defeated the Bulgarian in three sets to reach the fourth round of the tournament. Much has changed since that meeting over 26 months ago; Dimitrov has since grown into a fantastic player and is currently brimming with confidence following his first tour title win less than four days ago. it will be a much tougher meeting this time around for Dolgopolov and will likely favour Dimitrov.

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