The last time they played was two years ago in the second round of Indian Wells in a hard fought three-setter, honours going to the Grigor Dimitrov. Since then both have had their moments of success and floundering, but this has been a more settled year for the pair of them. Nick Kyrgios admitted that he finds these kinds of matches an tournaments easier to get up for, and has a chance to prove it for his biggest title.
There is no doubt that experience is on Dimitrov’s side. Kyrgios is certainly not short of talent, but at times lacks the motivation, but again the advantage sits with Dimitrov. He started the year srongly, and came oh so close to making his first Slam final in Australia.
We have been waiting for the ‘Generation: Lost Boys’ to come good, and Kyrgios is somehow stuck between that and the much vaunted ATP Next Gen.
Year to Date W/L Record
All surfaces W/L
Well this could not be any closer- the pair are honours even on the hard courts with Dimitrov a little further ahead in an uninterrupted season so far for the Bulgarian.
Match Stats 2017 (Tennis Abstract)
Again a close stat for the pair, with both looking to thrive when it comes down to the wire.
It is difficult to see who has the edge here – Dimitrov has been dragged the distance more and his conversion rate is not great, but Kyrgios trails in that respect.
Kyrgios has been a lot more effective with his first serve points won, Dimitrov behind his second serve, and Kyrgios has the edge in terms of aces. Dimitrov will hope to keep his return game sharp but there really is not that much to choose between them.
Dimitrov and Kyrgios will play for the ATP Cincinnati Masters 1000 title not before 4pm (9pm BST).
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