TennisSection previews the 2022 Australian Open as Grigor Dimitrov takes on Benoit Paire in the Round of 64 on Thursday, January 20th, 2021.
Will Grigor Dimitrov get the win? Will Benoit Paire pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have a tight matchup with two popular players coming to a clash. Who will move on to the Round of 32 at the 2022 Australian Open?
Grigor Dimitrov got a pretty solid win to set up this meeting with Benoit Paire. Dimitrov has not been playing at too consistent of a level at the slam level, or in general for that matter as of late. He should be able to book himself a place in the third round though, as Paire is much more inconsistent than himself. It won’t be an easy match, but he definitely has the level to take down Benoit Paire and head through to the final 32 players at the 2022 Australian Open.
Benoit Paire came through in a brutal five set match against Monteiro to set up an even tougher meeting with Grigor Dimitrov. Paire showed great mental resolve to keep fighting and take down Monteiro, who was in pretty good form. To take down Dimitrov, he will have to freshen up and play a very aggressive game, he has a shot to take it, and I think he will really push Dimitrov because of the backhand to backhand exchanges, Paire has a brilliant 2-hander, while Dimitrov has a rather inconsistent 1-hander. I expect this one to go the distance again as Paire attempts to pull off the upset and move on to the Round of 32 here at the 2022 Australian Open.
Grigor Dimitrov and Benoit Paire have met 3 times before, with Benoit Paire leading the head to head 2-1. Their past meetings can be practically disregarded, seeing as they came in 2012, 2013, and 2015. Paire has a good game to defeat Dimitrov, as lately Dimitrov has been trying to use the slice to set up his forehand and play some grass court-like tennis. With the quality of Paire’s backhand, he can counter this. That doesn’t change the fact though, that Dimitrov is simply playing at a higher level and will likely pull this one out and book himself a spot in the Round of 32 at the 2022 Australian Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov to win in 5 sets.
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