Grigor Dimitrov v Kyle Edmund ATP Washington live stream - Edmund to pull off upset win over Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov begins his US hard-court season against the in-form Kyle Edmund at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
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World no. 11 Grigor Dimitrov returns to action for the first time since Wimbledon as he faces Kyle Edmund, a semifinalist at last week’s BB&T Atlanta Open, in the second round of the Citi Open.
A quarterfinalist at Washington, D.C. back in 2013, Dimitrov is making his fourth appearance at the 500-level event as he warms up for the major upcoming events of the US Open Series – the Canada and Cincinnati Masters and the US Open.
With quarterfinal points to defend in Montreal and semifinal points to defend in Cincinnati, Dimitrov will want to find form quickly and the switch to US hard courts is also an opportunity to reboot a season which has become a bit average after such a bright start. The former world no. 8, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2014, had some promising results at the end of 2016 when he reached the aforementioned Cincinnati semifinal and finished runner-up to Andy Murray at the China Open in Beijing, scoring a big win over Rafael Nadal to do so. And when 2017 began, it seemed as if Dimitrov was ready to build on those results in a big way as he won his first ten matches of the season: First beating three top-10 players, Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori, to win the Brisbane International title, then making the second Grand Slam semifinal of his career at the Australian Open. Dimitrov fell to Nadal in that semifinal, but not before holding match point on the Spanish player, and bounced back from that heartbreaking defeat by swiftly capturing his second title of the year in Sofia.
Going 14-1 in his first three events of 2017 was an impressive beginning to the season and it seemed that Dimitrov was finally capitalizing once more on his enviable talent. But it all fizzled away once more into something not very noteworthy. Dimitrov failed to win back-to-back matches at Masters 1000 Series events in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Madrid, and fell in the third round of Rome; he lost to 20th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round of the French Open; and suffered surprise defeats – both to players using a protected ranking – in the first round of 250s in Marrakech and Stuttgart. Grass is a natural fit for Dimitrov’s game and he did make the semifinals of the Aegon Championships, where he is a former champion, losing to Feliciano Lopez in three sets; but he couldn’t put the slightest pressure on Roger Federer in a straight-sets defeat in the fourth round of Wimbledon.
A post-Wimbledon break and a change to US hard courts could allow Dimitrov to draw a psychological line under the disappointing results of the past few months and get back to better things. But he doesn’t have an easy task against the in-form Kyle Edmund as he begins his Citi Open campaign.
Edmund hit his career-high ranking of world no. 40 last October after a career-best season in 2016, which saw him win Challengers in Dallas and Rome, reach the round of 16 at the US Open with victories over John Isner and Richard Gasquet, make the quarterfinals of the China Open and then the semifinals of the European Open in Antwerp. The British player comes into the Citi Open very near matching that career-high ranking at world no. 41.
Edmund has played exclusively at ATP World Tour level so far in 2017, rather than dipping down to Challenger level. It’s a new sphere for the British player, and his results have been average, with a win-loss record so far of 19-17 for 2017. A quarterfinalist in Brisbane and at Delray Beach early in the season, Edmund made little impression through the clay season but did make the third round at the French Open, where he lost to Kevin Anderson in a five-set thriller. Grass, not Edmund’s best surface, saw him go 1-3, falling in the second round of Wimbledon to Gael Monfils, but he comes into Washington, D.C. in some very nice form after last week’s BB&T Atlanta Open. Edmund, unseeded, beat Marcos Baghdatis, Peter Gojowczyk and then top seed (and world no. 19) Jack Sock to make his first ATP World Tour semifinal of the season.
Ryan Harrison ended Edmund’s Atlanta Open run but he has clearly brought some of that form to the Citi Open, where he scored an excellent 6-3, 6-1 victory over Hyeon Chung to set up Wednesday’s clash with Dimitrov.
Dimitrov and Edmund have never played, so this will be their first meeting. The match-up would seem to be in favour of Dimitrov, the more athletic and accomplished all-round player; Edmund only does a couple of things well, but he does those things – namely a big serve and a heavy forehand – very well. Still, Dimitrov is a much quicker player and if he stays aggressive, he should be able to run Edmund from side to side and frustrate him into errors.
However, Edmund is on a good run of form and is already well attuned to American hard courts, and Dimitrov does lose a lot of matches he theoretically ought to win. It’s not as easy as all that for the world no. 11 as he starts his Washington, D.C. campaign.
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