Grigor Dimitrov enters the tournament in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which started early this morning our time and is the last one on the men’s tour before the emotions of the US Open take over from August 29.
What’s more, Grisho enters as the No. 1 seed in the race at the Wake Forest University complex, a feat that hasn’t happened in four years.
Bulgaria’s first racket is #19 in the rankings and tops the grid in Winston-Salem, where it will skip the first round, and in the second round it will meet the winner of the match between Dominic Thiem and JJ Wolfe (USA).
The Austrian has fallen to No. 228 in the rankings after a series of serious injuries hit his career.
Grigor five times before today was the leader of an ATP tournament scheme, only once reaching the title of such. This happened in Bucharest (category 250) in 2014, when Lukas Rosol was defeated 7:6, 6:2 in the final.
In 2017, Dimitrov led the circuit in Marrakech (ATP 250), but lost in his first match to Tommy Robredo – 4:6, 6:1, 1:6.
In the same season, he also started at the top of the grid in Stockholm, again in the 250 category tournament, reaching the final and being defeated by Juan Martin del Potro 4:6, 2:6.
At the beginning of 2018, he played in the semifinals in Brisbane as No. 1 in the scheme, and there he was stopped by Nick Kyrgios (6:3, 1:6, 4:6).
He last led the circuit in Dubai, at an ATP 500 event, in February 2018. At that time, Grigor was #4 in the ranking, but he was surprisingly eliminated in the first round against Malek Jaziri, who was not in the top 100 (6:4, 5:7, 4:6).
Now in Winston Salem, our first racquet is ranked number one again, with competition coming from Botik van de Zansschulp (#24 ranked, ranked #2), Lorenzo Musetti (#30), Holger Rune (#32), etc. n.
The tournament will be broadcast on MAX Sport 1 HD, where all the ATP 250, 500 and 1000 events are broadcast.