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Dimitrov vs Struff ATP Rome predictions and betting tips

Leye Aduloju 14 May 2019
  • Grigor Dimitrov and Jan-Lennard Struff meet in the first round of the Rome Masters on Tuesday
  • Dimitrov leads 2-1 in tour-level meetings
Grigor Dimitrov (PA Sport)

Former world No. 3, Grigor Dimitrov faces a tough start to his Rome campaign as he takes on German, Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round in Tuesday.

Date: Tuesday May 14
Time: Around 3:00pm local time (2:00pm BST)
Court: Pietrangeli

Dimitrov is looking to get back to winning ways after suffering a disappointing first round exit to Taylor Fritz at the Madrid Open last week. 

The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion has again been well off his best this season- as was the case for most of last year- managing just the one quarter final (Brisbane) through the opening four and a half months of the year. He also made the fourth round of the Australian Open, but he has been 4-4 since then, with his best result outside Melbourne being a third-round run in Monte Carlo. A big part of the problem was a shoulder injury which kept him out of action for the whole of February and the Masters 1000 meet at Indian Wells in March. 

He hasn't been great since his return, and could be in more trouble when he takes on Jan-Lennard Struff in his Rome opener on Tuesday. Dimitrov is at 7/10 @ Betfair to get through Struff at the Foro Italico.

Struff has never been higher than 44th in the rankings, but he has always been dangerous with his big-hitting, and he has had a relatively OK start to the year, opening with a semi-final in Auckland, reaching the fourth round at Indian Wells (he defeated Alexander Zverev along the way), and making the quarter-finals in Barcelona (beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round), amidst his regular early exits! There appears to be that extra layer of belief about the way he goes about playing the top players these days. Even when he's lost, he's given it a real go. He pushed Nadal all through a 7-5 7-5 defeat in Barcelona, while he dragged Marin Cilic to three sets in the second round in Madrid last week (after beating Nick Kyrgios in the opening round).

Dimitrov is not quite up there at the moment, but he was No. 3 as recently as 2017, and remains one of the most popular players on the tour. If Struff can take down the Bulgarian in Rome, it will be another big win for the German. You can back him to get the win at 5/4 @ bet365 .

Dimitrov vs Struff Match Stats

  • Dimitrov leads Struff 2-1 on head-to-head; 1-1 on clay
  • Dimitrov is 4-4 since the Australian Open
  • Struff is making only his second appearance in Rome- he lost in the second round on debut in 2017 last season
  • Dimitrov reached the Rome semi-finals in 2014- he has not gone past the second round since then

Dimitrov vs Struff Betting Tips

With his athleticism and shot-making skills, Dimitrov should be beating Struff on this surface, but the Bulgarian has been so below par over the last year that it is very difficult to back him. He defeated Struff in Monte Carlo in April, but he also lost to the German at the same venue last season. 

Struff on the other hand, has been playing some of his best tennis this season, and seems to have more believe against the top players. 

This one is very tough to call, and can genuinely swing either way, but I think it will be another tight one that could require a third set to decide the winner.

Dimitrov vs Struff Odds

Dimitrov to win -  7/10 @ Betfair
Struff to win -  5/4 @ bet365
Dimitrov and Struff to play three sets - 5/4  @ William Hill 

Dimitrov vs Struff Recommended Bet

Dimitrov and Struff to play three sets - 5/4  @ William Hill 

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