Rafael Nadal is close to the next finale of his career. On February 28, the Spaniard will play with Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals of the tournament in Acapulco. Will there be problems with the second racket of the world in the upcoming meeting? – read in our prediction.

At what time are Nadal vs Dimitrov to play?
The game time is February 28, 2020, at 22:00 (GMT-6) .

What are the players positions in ATP rankings?
Rafael Nadal takes the 2 position and Grigor Dimitrov takes the 22 position in ATP Tour Rankings.

How many wins and losses does Nadal have?
Rafael Nadal has won 86% of the games as a favorite.

How many wins and losses does Dimitrov have?
Grigor Dimitrov has won 83% of the games as a favorite.

Rafael Nadal

In recent years, Nadal began to rebuild his game, because if earlier he acted on the court only in number two, now he is increasingly seizing the initiative and trying to win points himself.

That’s just in big matches, even the eminent Spaniard pinches, and he moves away to the sponsor plate and only interrupts the balls. Rafael still doesn’t feel the best on hard, as he can’t use his entire arsenal of punches on quick surfaces, starting with spinning the ball to shortened ones. Most recently, the tennis player lost his leadership on the tour, because he did not defend last year’s points.

Nadal is confidently moving to the next finale of his career. At the current tournament in Acapulco, the Spaniard shows good tennis – Rafa defeated all his opponents in previous games in two sets.

In the first round, he defeated his compatriot Pablo Andujar (6-3, 6-2), then beat Miomir Kecmanovic (6-2, 7-5) and the young Soonwoo Kwon (6-2, 6-1).

Grigor Dimitrov

Dimitrov’s potential is huge even now, when he is under 30. After all, the Bulgarian still has a variable one-handed backhand, due to which he carries out dizzying combinations on the court. Other game aspects are not far behind. We are talking about cannon feed, a powerful forehand and high speed of movement around the court.

If before, Grigor did not show anything on the ground, now he is getting results on viscous courts. But the tennis player’s problem is that he is extremely unstable and performs with serious changes. And without this aspect, it is impossible to build a successful career, despite talent.

Dimitrov also shows a good game in Acapulco. Moreover, the rivals of the Bulgarian tennis player were very difficult. In the first round of the competition, Grigor defeated Damir Dzumhur (6-3, 6-3), in the second – he defeated Adrian Mannarino (6-7, 6-2, 7-6).

For reaching the semifinals, Dimitrov argued with Stan Wawrinka, whom he outplayed in two games (6-4, 6-4). For the entire match, Grigor took the serve of the Swiss tennis player three times and only once lost his own.

Betting Tips Statistics

Highlights

  • In the last five games, Dimitrov won four victories, Nadal – three.
  • Tennis players played 13 matches between themselves. A clear dominance on the side of Rafael Nadal, who managed to win 12 victories. Many matches ended in a crushing victory for the Spaniard.
Rafael NadalvsGrigor Dimitrov
2ATP Rank22
33 (1986.06.03)Age28 (1991.05.16)
Manacor, Mallorca, SpainBirthplaceHaskovo, Bulgaria
Manacor, Mallorca, SpainResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
6’1″ (185 cm)Height6’3″ (191 cm)
187 lbs (85 kg)Weight179 lbs (81 kg)
Left-HandedPlaysRight-Handed
Two-HandedBackhandOne-Handed
2001Turned Pro2008
8/3YTD Won/Lost4/4
0YTD Titles0
985/200CAREER W/L308/205
84Career Titles8
$120,583,119Career Prize Money$18,406,064

Singles Service Record

Rafael NadalSingles Service Record on hardGrigor Dimitrov
2,047Aces2,489
1,068Double Faults1,233
67%1st Serve61%
72%1st Serve Points Won75%
57%2nd Serve Points Won51%
3,05Break Points Faced1,971
66%Break Points Saved63%
7,215Service Games Played4,297
86%Service Games Won83%
68%Total Service Points Won66%

Singles Return Record

Rafael NadalSingles Return Record on hardGrigor Dimitrov
32%1st Serve Return Points Won29%
54%2nd Serve Return Points Won49%
4,954Break Points Opportunities2,356
42%Break Points Converted38%
7,172Return Games Played4,223
29%Return Games Won21%
40%Return Points Won37%
54%Total Points Won51%

Previous Head-to-Head Meetings

YearEventSurfaceRNDWinner
2019ATP Masters 1000 Monte CarloOutdoor ClayR16Rafael Nadal
2018ATP Masters 1000 Monte CarloOutdoor ClaySFRafael Nadal
2017ATP Masters 1000 ShanghaiOutdoor HardQFRafael Nadal
2017BeijingOutdoor HardSFRafael Nadal
2017Australian OpenOutdoor HardSFRafael Nadal
2016BeijingOutdoor HardQFGrigor Dimitrov
2015BaselIndoor HardR16Rafael Nadal
2015ATP Masters 1000 MadridOutdoor ClayQFRafael Nadal
2014ATP Masters 1000 RomeOutdoor ClaySFRafael Nadal
2014Australian OpenOutdoor HardQFRafael Nadal
2013ATP Masters 1000 CincinnatiOutdoor HardR16Rafael Nadal
2013ATP Masters 1000 Monte CarloOutdoor ClayQFRafael Nadal
2009RotterdamIndoor HardR16Rafael Nadal

Nadal vs Dimitrov Predictions

Nadal has a total advantage over Dimitrov in personal meetings. The Spaniard beat his opponent 12 times. Now Rafa is in great shape, he defeated all his previous rivals in the current tournament in Acapulco in two games. We hope that Nadal will not give Dimitrov many chances in the upcoming meeting.

  • Our prediction: Nadal -4.5 Game Handicap