Match: Joao Sousa vs. Grigor Dimitrov Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: Saturday, 03 September, 2016
Joao Sousa will meet Grigor Dimitrov in the US Open 3rd round.
The h2h stats is 1-1, so Sousa is definitely one tough match-up for Dimitrov. Their first meeting was here in the 1st round at US Open 2013 and Sousa won in 5 sets, the second one was in Kuala Lumpur when Grigor won after being one set down. Both players won their first round matches without any problems.
In the 2nd round, Sousa defeated the 16th seed Feliciano Lopez which was a surprise considering the good tennis which Lopez is playing recently. But now the challenge is even bigger for the Portuguese because Dimitrov is playing fantastic after hiring Dani Vallverdu as his new coach. Grigor reached the quarter-finals at Toronto Masters and the semi-finals in Cincinnati where he definitely deserved to play in the final but his old weaknesses showed up.
He didn’t play his best tennis here in New York against Chardy in the 2nd round but managed to turn the things around after being 1-2 down and won the match because of his better stamina. I expect a tough game for the Bulgarian but this is a must-win for him if he wants his place in top 10 back anytime soon. And he is definitely one of the very few players who can beat Andy Murray (his possible 4th round opponent) because we all know what a tough match-up is he for Murray.