Andreas Seppi (@2.7) vs Grigor Dimitrov (@1.47)
23-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Grigor Dimitrov will win

Andreas Seppi – Grigor Dimitrov Match Prediction | 23-08-2019

De Minaurs week has been a stark contrast to the Italians. In his three matches so far, he has not dropped a set and he looked most impressive in his semi-final win over Gilles Simon, where he showcased a display of big serving and attacking baseline tennis to out power the experienced Frenchman. The young Aussie has shown maturity beyond his years and has definitely established himself as the best young Talent in Australian tennis and it is incredible to think that he is only nineteen years old. If he is able to lift the title this week, it would be his first ATP title. What has been impressive about de Minaur, is that he is already building on what was a breakthrough season for his career in 2018,when he also made the final of this event, losing out to Daniil Medvedev as well as qualifying for the ATP NextGen Finals in Milan.

I expect here 3 sets, Dimitrov already played one match and beat Johnson with 2:1, and for Pella, this is first match. Pella is in better shape, I think, and he can win here, we will see, maybe 2:1 for him. They played head to head twice, one victory for both of them. ATP, Mexico, Los Cabos, hard, 1/8 finals, and we have a great match and I am betting on duel between Grigor Dimitrov and Guido Pella. Dimitrov is favorite but I believe it will be tough match, and I am betting on over, over 22,5 gems.

Cilic has won one of his last six matches. So far in 2019 he has been a shadow of himself but is still only a hair outside of the ATP top 10 thanks to his consistency in recent years. Martin Klizan, by contrast, has just played his way through qualifying defeating two tricky opponents, Ernests Gulbis and Adrian Mannarino both in straight sets.

The first set between the two was a close affair with one break enough to seal it in Dimitrovs favour. Goffin was then forced to retire early in the second after a freak accident that saw a ball ricochet off his racket into his eye. David Goffin of Belgium awaited him there. That set up a quarterfinal against Andrey Rublev, who stunned him at the US Open last year. Dimitrov got his revenge for that defeat at the Australian Open and again had too much for the young Russian in Rotterdam, winning 6-3 6-4 to reach the semifinals.

Prediction

His opponent Grigor Dimitrov the 2ndseed, advanced to his first Amro World Tennis Tournament Final after a freak accident forced the 4thseed David Goffin to retire in the semi-final. Dimitrov was serving at 6-3, 0-1 when his passing shot hit the frame of Goffins racquet causing it to deflect into his left eye. Dimitrov has yet to drop a set in 4 matches.

If Davidovich Fokina can recover from that run in time, he will bring confidence on court with him. It is the surface on which he claimed a stunning victory 12 years ago against Roger Federer. Davidovich Fokina, however, is tough competition. Gasquet is always happy on clay. The 19 year old Spaniard recently surged to the semifinals of Estoril, defeating Gael Monfils along the way.

Dimitrov had a huge 2017 and seemed to finally come into his own as a top level player. He certainly continues to move in the right direction in overcoming his mental lapses. And whilst, his tennis at the Australian Open may not have been that impressive, what was impressive was that made the quarterfinals anyway.

He has been very difficult to break and has had the ability to get many free points on serve, which was most notably shown in the fifteen aces he hit in his quarterfinal clash with Martin Kilzan, in which he hit fifteen aces. However, as well as his impressive serving, the Italian has been effective in grinding the points out in the rally and has been the best player this week in the tight moments in matches, which is why he has made it into the final. The key component to the Italians success has been his serving.

But even before his racquet switch, the Swiss backhand was a better shot than the Bulgarians. The other reason is that Federers backhand is a more reliable shot than Dimitrovs. Much has been made of Federers switch to a larger racquet face allowing him to hit that shot with more power and rightly so. Dimitrovs backhand is liable to breakdown under pressure far quicker than Federers and his slice backhand is not as effective.

How do they match up?

He has reached the semifinals of the French Open and made the quarters on three other occasions. Monfils on clay is one of the great joys in tennis. Seppi is a consistent player who lacks Monfils speed and power. The slow surface perfectly matches his unbeatable court coverage. Seppis advantage is his reliable groundstrokes, which he hits with less spin than most players.

However, if Seppi serves as well as he has done all tournament, then de Minaur will have to return well. As always, the final could go either way if both players bring their A game, however i think because of his dominant form in not dropping a set, theAussie NextGen star has the edge and will edge it in three tight sets. This match promises to have massive serving and long rallies, with Seppi doing all he can to extend the points and break down the De Minaur game and de Minaur looking to take the ball early and shorten the points. If he continues to play the way he has done throughout this week, then he should lift the title. On paper, de Minaur has to be seen as the favourite.

Kyrgios could finally be ready to take it to the next level and a win over last years semi finalist would go someway to achieving that. They have met once already this year with Kyrgios coming back to win in three sets on his way to the Brisbane title. Kyrgios will go into the match confident he can beat the Bulgarian once more.

The most notable match of day 7 rightly gets star billing in the night session on Rod Laver Arena withGrigor Dimitrov taking onhome playerNick Kyrgios.On paper, it looks to be a thrilling match especially with Kyrgios being backed by a vocal home crowd. With Andreas Seppi or Kyle Edmund in the quarter finals, it feels like the winner would already be looking to a likely semi final with Rafael Nadal too.

Firstly, Federer is a much better server than the man nearly a decade his junior. However, Federer is a twenty-time Slam champion and Dimitrov has never been in a Major final and there are two key reasons for that. There are few players on Tour as similar as Federer and Dimitrov. The comparisons were perhaps overstated during the years when Dimitrov could not escape the Baby Fed tag but from stroke production to style of play similarities abound.