ATP Cup 2020 – Daniel Evans vs Grigor Dimitrov Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Daniel Evans vs Grigor Dimitrov taking place? Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney, Australia

When is Daniel Evans vs Grigor Dimitrov on? Friday 3rd January, 2020 – not before 10:30 (UK)

What channel is Daniel Evans vs Grigor Dimitrov on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Daniel Evans vs Grigor Dimitrov? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Daniel Evans vs Grigor Dimitrov? https://www.atpcup.com/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Daniel Evans and Grigor Dimitrov? Grigor Dimitrov beat Daniel Evans 7-5, 7-5

THE LOWDOWN

DANIEL EVANS

  • Dan Evans ended his 2019 season as Great Britain’s number one and first option in an excellent Davis Cup campaign that saw them take the eventual winners Spain to a close-fought doubles decider in the semi-finals.
  • Despite losing his first two matches at the Davis Cup, and from winning positions, Evans held his nerve and delivered when it counted most as he beat Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarter-finals in Madrid.
  • Evans no doubt enjoyed his most successful year on tour but it remains to be seen how long he can hold on to the British number one spot with Andy Murray due to soar back up the rankings this year and Kyle Edmund looking back to his best at the Davis Cup.

GRIGOR DIMITROV

  • Grigor Dimitrov looked back to near his best at the end of last season and while he was not at all consistent throughout the year he, somewhat surprisingly, reached the semi-finals of the US Open and made it back to the top 20.
  • Starting the season at world number 20, Dimitrov still has plenty of work to do if he is to rediscover his best form but the Bulgarian is still just 28 years old and capable of immaculate tennis.
  • Dimitrov leads a 2-1 head-to-head record with Dan Evans and won their most recent encounter, at the Chengdu Open last year, in straight sets.

THE PREDICTION

This is a very difficult result to pick between a player in Grigor Dimitrov who will start as favourite, but so often these days cannot find his extra gear, and Dan Evans who seems to revel in his omnipresent underdog status. Aside from the Davis Cup, Evans reached the top 50 last season with clutch performances against players ranked above him, and the result of this match rests mostly with his foe. Dimitrov has looked distracted in the past, worryingly so, but if he is as switched on as he was towards the end of last season, he can eventually overpower Evans in a decider.

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