18:00 – Dimitrov v Gabashvili
Rankings are 70 and 77. They haven’t played before.
Over the last year on all tours and only looking at clay results Dimitrov had won 14 from 15 matches. Gabashvili won 18 from 29.
Dimitrov holds serve 89% of the time to Gabashvili’s 80%. Dimitrov returns slightly better and converts more of his break opportunities.
Both won their first match in straight sets but Dimitrov was the more convincing beating Shuettler and losing just 2 games.
Back Dimitrov from the start with half stake and back him on serve with the other half.
Update: I did worry when I chose this match that they weren’t exactly Nadal and Federer. However Dimitrov has been very solid on serve so I went with it.
In the first set Dimitrov started very badly and was broken in his first 2 service games. He did pull back to 3-3 but in the end lost the set in a tie break.
Gabashvili won 7-6, 6-3.