Fixture: (18) Grigor Dimitrov vs Fernando Verdasco
Date: 29 June 2021
Tournament: The Championships, Wimbledon
Round: First round (Round of 128)
Venue: London, Great Britain
Category: Grand Slam
Prize money: £17,066,000
Live telecast: USA - ESPN & Tennis Channel | UK - BBC TV & Radio | India - Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Grigor Dimitrov vs Fernando Verdasco preview
Dimitrov, who reached the last four at Wimbledon back in 2014, has struggled with his form and fitness and will hope to get his season back on track with a good showing at the All England Club. In Verdasco, though, the Bulgarian faces a dangerous opening-round opponent.
Verdasco has had his fair share of success on the lawns of the All England Club. The Spaniard is a former quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and also made it to the second week in the last edition of the tournament in 2019.
While Verdasco is more of a threat on hardcourt, his past performances at Wimbledon have shown he can do some damage on grass as well.
Grigor Dimitrov vs Fernando Verdasco head-to-head
This will be the eighth career meeting between Grigor Dimitrov and Fernando Verdasco. The Bulgarian currently maintains a slender 4-3 lead in the head-to-head. The two have never played on grass.
Grigor Dimitrov vs Fernando Verdasco prediction
Grigor Dimitrov's strong all-court game should give him a slight advantage in this contest. But he will need to kick into gear early.
The Bulgarian can generate a lot of power off the ground, but he often leaks unforced errors, especially off the backhand wing. Fernando Verdasco is also an aggressive baseliner with a strong serve and destructive forehand. However, his game has been on the wane in recent years.
Both players are bound to be rusty as this will be their first grasscourt match this year. This contest could go the distance with Dimitrov coming out on top.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov to win in five sets