Novak Djokovic vs Grigor Dimitrov Prediction and Odds: Italian Open 2023

Tennis fans are in for a treat as Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov lock horns in the third round of the Italian Open. The top-seeded Djokovic will look to continue his impressive form on the clay courts as he takes on the talented Bulgarian, who is known for his flair and shot-making abilities. Read our ATP Italian Open predictions in this article.

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Novak Djokovic vs Grigor Dimitrov – Match Predictions

2-0 to Novak Djokovic

Djokovic has struggled to give his best on the current clay court swing of the ATP Tour. While he has seen his level drop from his established high standards, he should have enough in the tank to get the better of Dimitrov. The Bulgarian is struggling with injuries that saw him withdraw from the Barcelona Open. His swift recovery saw his competing in the Madrid Open but Carlos Alcaraz made little work of him. Djokovic’s team would have studied his tape and will be ready to add to their 11-1 record against Dimitrov. The Bulgarian will put up a fight but expect another straight sets loss for him against the Serbian.

Over 20.5 Games

With Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov set to face each other for the 13th time, fans can expect another thrilling encounter at the Italian Open. Both players have a reputation for producing some scintillating tennis, and their previous meetings have been no different. Considering the long battles they were involved in the last round, it’s safe to say that this match will be no different. With a history of tiebreakers and over 21.5 games in their recent matches in the Italian Open, it’s highly likely that we’ll see another epic encounter, with over 20.5 games being played.

Novak Djokovic vs Grigor Dimitrov Preview

Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in this tournament.

Novak Djokovic

Tomas Martin Etcheverry gave a good account of his abilities in the first set against Novak Djokovic. The Serbian required a tiebreaker to claim the lead but had figured out his opponent by the second set. It was smooth sailing for the number 1 seed, who broke the 61-ranked Argentine twice to secure a meeting with Dimitrov. Djokovic has struggled to give his best on the red surface in 2023 and has his tail up to defend his Rome Masters crown.

Grigor Dimitrov

After being resoundingly beaten by Carlos Alcaraz in Madrid Open, Grigor Dimitrov started brightly in the Italian Open. He was involved in a difficult battle with Stan Wawrinka in the second round but showcased his resolve to overcome him. With both players not making many mistakes, the game only saw three breaks and was decided by a second-set tiebreaker. He has a tough task of overcoming Djokovic and will be interesting how he changes his game plan.

Novak Djokovic vs Grigor Dimitrov Head to Head

Duels between Novak Djokovic and  Grigor Dimitrov have gone in one direction, in favour of the Serbian star. Djokovic has defeated the Bulgarian ace 11 times while tasting defeat once. Dimitrov’s only win against Djokovic came a decade ago, a fact that highlights the dominance of the 22-time Gran Slam winner.

Novak Djokovic vs Grigor Dimitrov Match Details

Rome Masters - Novak Djokovic

  • When will this match start? This match starts not before 15:00 GMT on 14 May.
  • Who are the top seeds of the Italian Open? Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek are the top seeds in men’s and women’s singles events.
  • Where can I watch Italian Open 2023 in the UK? This match will be available on Amazon Prime for fans in the United Kingdom

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