Fixture: Grigor Dimitrov vs Tommy Paul
Date: 1 September 2020
Tournament: US Open 2020
Round: First round (Round of 128)
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York, USA
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
Prize money: $39,024,000
Match timing: 6.30 pm EDT, 4 AM IST
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel / ESPN | India - Star Sports / Hotstar
Grigor Dimitrov vs Tommy Paul preview
Dimitrov, who is still recovering from an unfortunate COVID-19 bout, will be looking to avenge his loss at the year's first Slam. He made a return to tennis at the Cincinnati Masters last week, and looked fine in terms of match fitness.
The 14th seed will still likely find it tough against his opponent though, who has played some good tennis ever since the big upset win in January.
The 23-year-old scored his first top 10 win against Alexander Zverev at the Mexican Open, and reached a career-high ranking of No. 57 soon after.
Paul had a promising junior career, winning the French Open and reaching a career high ranking of No. 3. His transition to the senior tour didn't quite yield immediate results, but the youngster has worked exceptionally hard on his game in the last couple of years.
The American already possessed a great forehand and immense foot speed, but it's his improved serving and forecourt skills that have propelled him into mainstream success. He also plays with a certain nonchalance that helps him stay calm during big points, as was seen in his five-set epic against Dimitrov.
Grigor Dimitrov vs Tommy Paul head-to-head
Tommy Paul's win in Melbourne is the only time that the two have crossed paths on the tour, so the head-to-head currently stands at 1-0 in favor of the American. And heading into this match, Paul will be eager to make it two wins in a row against his more fancied opponent.
For Grigor Dimitrov, the match will really be about testing his own fitness ahead of a potentially long week. The Bulgarian made it to the semifinals last year, but he will need to take some time settling into his rhythm this time around.
Grigor Dimitrov vs Tommy Paul prediction
The Bulgarian was playing some of his best tennis at the start of the year, and Paul still managed to steal a win from right under his nose. The American definitely has the game to beat the best on a regular basis, but the question is just about the resolve.
At the same time, Dimitrov himself can stay with any opponent in the world on hardcourt when he is at his absolute best. He will not be a pushover by any means, but if Paul can produce the same level of grit that he did earlier this year, there's no reason why he cannot spring another big result.
Prediction: Tommy Paul to win in five sets.
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