TennisSection previews the 2021 Indian Wells Open as Reilly Opelka (16) meets Grigor Dimitrov (23) in the Third Round on Monday October 11th, 2021.
Can the huge serving American Reilly Opelka win here to the delight of the American crowd? Or will the veteran Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria prove too much of a challenge? Both men have gotten off to a flying start here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open and will be confident of getting the win here. Who will be better on the day and move on to the Round of 16?
Reilly Opelka is the 16th seed here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open and is currently ranked #20 on the ATP Tour. The seven footer is very well known for his serving prowess and is one of the biggest servers in history, always near the top of the ace leaders list. He will be looking to that weapon to overcome the strong challenge of the former world number three Grigor Dimitrov? Opelka was dominant on serve in his Second Round win over Taro Daniel but struggled to break serve, and knows that his performance will have to be better here against the highly experienced Dimitrov. His serve is his obvious weapon but he moves quite well for a big man and has strong groundstrokes. He is the slight favorite here, especially with the support of the American crowd and will be hoping for a big performance here.
Grigor Dimitrov is currently ranked #28 and is the 23rd seed here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open. The Bulgarian was ranked inside the top 5 not too long ago, but has struggled with consistency for some time. While he has regained some of his form over the past few seasons he is still not quite the player that he once was, but remains a dangerous opponent. Fresh off a Semi-Final performance in San Diego he started strongly here, defeating Daniel Altmaier in the Second Round after receiving a First Round bye. Dimitrov was particularly dominant from the baseline, pushing the German back and not allowing him much chance of getting into a rhythm. Opelka is considered the slight favorite to get the win here as he comprehensively won their first meeting, but Dimitrov has a very strong chance of settling the score if things go his way.
This is the second meeting between the two players with Reilly Opelka dominating in straight sets when they met earlier this year at the Rogers Cup. While I am expecting a much closer match this time, I think the result will be the same. Grigor Dimitrov will struggle with the American’s serve and that should be the deciding factor here. Alternatively, Opelka will also find it tough to break the veteran’s serve but all he needs is one or two with such a major weapon in his possession. I’d bank on there being at least one tiebreaker, but expect Reilly Opelka to get the tough win here, advancing to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Indian Wells Open.
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