In a tournament (on both sides) where seeds have been dropping like flies, the fourth round matchup between Grigor Dimitrov and Stefanos Tsitsipas is just one of two all-seed matches at this stage of the tournament. Tsitsipas could have the opportunity to exact quick revenge on Andrey Rublev for the Hamburg final, with the winner of this one expected to play the Russian.
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Nearing 30, it does feel like Dimitrov’s time to establish himself as a top star for good is running out even with the tour aging these days. He does remain capable on most surfaces though, with semi finals at all slams but this one. He is yet to drop a set this tournament, winning all eight played so far. The lost set came in his previous match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who retired down 1-6 4-6.
Tsitsipas also saw his match ended by retirement, with an even more one-sided 6-1 6-2 3-1 lead in the bag before Aljaz Bedene could no longer continue. His poor performance in round one against Jaume Munar looks a thing of the past with two strong performances since then. “Being able to compete in a second week gives me a lot of confidence. It feels great. You feel like you’re part of a prestige. I’ve been putting a lot of hard work in in every single match trying to rise my level, play up to my expectations. I’m very glad that I am where I am today.” he said.
Tsitsipas will be favoured to advance from this one now that he is playing at a much higher once more. The backhand should be the key but he should be able to match Dimitrov at worst and move well enough to eventually nullify the Bulgarian. His high-profile collapses in Hamburg and New York will stick at the back of his mind should he see a match lead dissipate but otherwise he will be hoping to look ahead to a quarter final with Rublev.
Prediction – Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets