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17 Nov 2017 by TSZ

ATP World Tour Finals 2017 - Pablo Carreno Busta vs Grigor Dimitrov Preview

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Quick Facts

Where is Pablo Carreno Busta vs Grigor Dimitrov taking place? 02 Arena, London

When is Pablo Carreno Busta vs Grigor Dimitrov on? Friday 17th November, 2017

What time does Pablo Carreno Busta vs Grigor Dimitrov start? 20:00 (UK)

What channel is Pablo Carreno Busta vs Grigor Dimitrov on? Sky Sports Arena

The Lowdown

PABLO CARRENO BUSTA

  • Carreno Busta put in a solid effort against Thiem after being a late replacement for the injured Nadal but his defeat means he has no hope of progressing from the group.
  • The Spaniard has beaten Dimitrov in their last two meetings - including a straight sets victory in the French Open this year - but both those matches were played on his favoured clay surface.
  • He does edge the Bulgarian or return games won on hard courts in 2017 (24% vs 22%) so if he can get into rallies he is capable of causing Dimitrov some problems.

GRIGOR DIMITROV

  • There is nothing riding on this round-robin match for Dimitrov as he has already qualified for the semi-finals but he will want to continue his good form and momentum.
  • His display against Goffin in the second round of matches was arguably the performance of the tournament so far as he restricted his Belgian opponent to just two games.
  • Dimitrov's only previous hard court meeting with Carreno Busta was a 6-4, 6-1 victory at the indoor 2015 Paris Masters, so has some experience of defeating the Spaniard on a similar surface.

The Statistics

  • Pablo Carreno Busta and Grigor Dimitrov have played each other four times on the tour and won two matches apiece.
  • All four matches have been decided in straight sets between the two players.
  • Carreno Busta has won the last two meetings between the two players but Dimitrov has won the only match played on a hard court.
  • The player winning the first set has gone on to win the match in all four encounters.
  • Only one of their nine sets played in the four matches has gone to a tie-break (which Carreno Busta won).

The Prediction

Dimitrov's confidence will be soaring after his emphatic defeat of Goffin on Wednesday and although he has already qualified for the semi-finals, he will not want to let his standards drop. Carreno Busta is a solid all-round player with few weaknesses in his game but the fast indoor court suits Dimitrov's attacking style of play and he is expected to come through this test in straight sets.

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