Melbourne Open 2022: Grigor Dimitrov vs. Maxime Cressy Tennis Pick and Prediction

Melbourne Open 2022: Grigor Dimitrov vs. Maxime Cressy Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Melbourne Open as Grigor Dimitrov takes on Maxime Cressy in the semifinal on Saturday, January 8th, 2022.

Will Grigor Dimitrov keep his title hopes alive with another win? Or will USA’s Maxime Cressy continue to live up to his underdog status. The Bulgarian is seeking to return to the winner’s circle this week and he has been made to work for his wins. Will it change on Saturday at the 2022 Melbourne Open?

Grigor Dimitrov’s pursuit for a ninth career title and his first since 2017 is slowly gathering pace. The number three seed needed gumption to stay true to his tennis and produced two comeback wins to reach the semifinal of the Melbourne Open. Dimtrov was a few points away from defeat in his match against Facundo Bagnis, but dug himself out of a hole. And he appeared in serious peril when he dropped the first set against Botic van de Zandschulp in their quarterfinal contest. The Dutchman’s levels fell off a cliff in the second set surprisingly, as Dimitrov completed a whitewash set 6-0. But momentum swayed van de Zandschulp’s way midway through the decider as he got a break in the sixth game. However, he was unable to serve out for the match and spurned two match points. It was the opening Dimitrov needed as he won three straight games from 4-5 down.

Maxime Cressy, meanwhile, continues to defy the odds at this week’s Melbourne Open. The towering American has scaled the qualifying rounds at the 2022 Melbourne Open successfully. And he has since not looked back. Cressy won the battle of big servers when he defeated his countryman Reilly Opelka, withstanding a barrage of aces and two match points to record the win. The World No. 112 proceeded to beat an off color Jaume Munar 7-6 6-4 to advance to his first tour-level semifinal of his career. Can Cressy go all the way?

Grigor Dimitrov and Maxime Cressy have not crossed paths at any level. Saturday’s match at the 2022 Melbourne Open will be their first official meeting. The Bulgarian is an astute baseliner and has an abundance of technical ability that makes it easy to handle players in the mould of Maxime Cressy. Should Dimitrov succeed to neutralize Cressy’s power and accuracy off that humongous serve, the rest should be basic tennis.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.

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