Third seed Holger Rune will battle against Grigor Dimitrov to secure a place in the third round of the China Open. The duo have met only once before where Rune turned out to be the champion. The 20-year-old beat Canadian playerFelix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets to qualify for the second round. Meanwhile, Dimitrov defeated American playerMackenzie McDonaldto reach the second round of the China Open.
So far, World No. 4 Rune has had a fantastic season. In his 54 matches, he has won 37 of them. The Danish star was also triumphant at the Munich Open, claiming the title. In addition, he finished second in both the Italian Open and the Monte Carlo Masters. However, the teenage tennis star is nursing a back ailment and has yet to fully heal. After a five-match losing streak, the 20-year-old won in the first round of the China Open against Felix Auger Aliassime.
Meanwhile, the Bulgarian player has recorded 29 wins and 17 losses. His best results have been reaching the second week of the French Open and the Wimbledon. He has been unfortunate in the draws as he has otherwise performed consistently well. The 32-year-old has lost three ATP tournaments which include the Cincinnati Open, Canadian Open, theUS Open and the Chengdu Open to his rival Alexander Zverev.
Holger Rune vs Grigor Dimitrov: Match Prediction
The Danish star is well-equipped with drop shots and slices. He also serves strongly and has good groundstrokes. Rune also possesses a powerful backhand, which he might use as a weapon.
On the other hand, Dimitrov has an all-round playing style. He is an exceptional shotmaker and has great court coverage. His athleticism and fluid style of play are his assets. However, his backhand causes him trouble. If Rune attacks his backhand it could be fatal for him. The Dane is in great form right now and doesn’t look like he will be stopped any time soon.
Match Prediction: Holger Rune in three sets
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