Geneva Open 2021: Grigor Dimitrov vs Ilya Ivashka – Preview, Head to head and Prediction

World No.20, Grigor Dimitrov will take on World No 91, Ilya Ivashka in the round of 16 of the 2021 Geneva Open on May 19.

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Grigor Dimitrov vs Ilya Ivashka
Grigor Dimitrov and Ilya Ivashka

World No.20, Grigor Dimitrov will take on World No 91, Ilya Ivashka in the round of 16 of the 2021 Geneva Open on May 19.

Match Details :

TournamentGeneva Open 2021
MatchGrigor Dimitrov vs Ilya Ivashka
RoundSecond  Round
Date19th May, 2021
Prize Money€9000
VenueGeneva, Switzerland
SurfaceClay Court

Grigor Dimitrov vs Ilya Ivashka: Preview

Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov

The Bulgarian is not enjoying his time on clay this year, after poor show in the last three tournaments. Although he made the third round in Monte Carlo, he exited Madrid and Rome Masters in the first round itself. With only two wins in five outings on the dirt, the 30-year-old needs to urgently repair his record, before he gets to Paris to play the French Open. He is seeded fourth in Geneva this week should avoid another shock exit.

On the other hand, the Belarusian comes into this tournament with a 13-3 win/loss record on the clay in 2021. The 27-year-old qualifier beat veteran Fernando Verdasco in the opening round. Ivashka has also stunned Alexander Zverev on clay, en-route to the finals of Munich Open, where he lost to Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets. With confidence in his game, he will fancy his chances of making another successful tournament this week in Geneva.

Grigor Dimitrov vs Ilya Ivashka: Head to Head

Ilya Ivashka
Ilya Ivashka

These two have never met twice on the ATP tour till now.

Grigor Dimitrov vs Ilya Ivashka: Prediction

Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov

The Bulgarian has always been guilty of make a bunch of errors in his game. Although the talented Dimitrov can make the game look easy at times, his inexplicable capitulation at regular intervals has led to his downfall lately. Meanwhile, his opponent will be keen to win points on his serve and keep surging ahead. Ivashka will also play the waiting game from the back court, but if Dimitrov can curtail his errors, he should progress ahead in the tournament.

Match Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov should win in three sets. 

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