The BNL D’Italia International Tournament takes place in Rome, and in this analysis I will detail the first round match between Grigor Dimitrov and Gianluca Mager, and I will conclude with the related bet.
Rome is a town of 2.8 million inhabitants, being the capital of Italy.
This tournament is big, Masters 1000, with a prize pool of 3,465,045 euros.
The host is the Foro Italico complex, which features slow-sloping outdoor land.
The competition table includes Nadal, Djokovic, Dimitrov or Tsitsipas.
Grigor Dimitrov: Team form, news and statistics
Grigor Dimitrov is a 29-year-old Bulgarian, ranked 20th in the ATP.
And Dimitrov is one of the best players in the world, even if lately he is going through a worse moment, his game being inconstant.
In fact, he was inconsistent all his career, being compared to Federer, nicknamed Baby Fed but being far from the Swiss game and far from his own potential.
He has a title at ATP Finals, he reached the 3rd place in the world but all the time the impression was that Grigor can do more, even win a grand slam tournament.
However, he does not even have a final in major tournaments, only semifinals at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
In 2019 he has the quarterfinals in Brisbane, the semifinals at the US Open, the quarterfinals in Chengdu and the semifinals in Paris.
And in 2020 he has the semifinals in Acapulco.
Dimitrov comes here, like most players, after the American ATP Cincinnati and US Open tournaments, being average there.
In Cincinnati he passed Humbert but then he was defeated by Fucsovics and at the US Open he passed Paul until he lost to the same Fucsovics.
His game at the US Open did not seem weak to me, but Dimitrov fell after set 3, perhaps due to the fact that he is a little behind with his physical training, he having a coronavirus in the spring.
Gianluca Mager: Team form, news and statistics
Gianluca Mager is a 25-year-old Italian, ranked 80th in the ATP.
And Mager has been steadily in the top 100 in the world lately, but he is currently an average player, who has never entered the top 50 ATP.
Obviously, he is quite young, he has many more years in which he can grow but at the moment he does not have high level performances.
In 2019 he has the title of the Koblenz challenger, the quarterfinals of the Bangkok challenger, the quarterfinals of the Yokohama challenger, the quarterfinals of the Marbella challenger, the quarterfinals of the Sophia Antipolis challenger, the title of the Barletta challenger, the quarterfinals at the Bordeaux challenger, the quarterfinals at the Aix en Provence challenger, the semifinals at the Vicenza challenger, the quarterfinals at the Poznan challenger and the title at the Biella challenger.
And in 2020 it has a final in Rio de Janeiro.
So Mager can’t be disregarded, as he still has a victory with Thiem on the slag.
Lately, however, its shape is weak.
Mager even took part in the American tournaments, losing both games, in two sets with Martin and in 5 with Kecmanovic, at the US Open.
Then he came to Europe, taking part in the Aix en Provence challenger, on slag, where he was clearly defeated by Wild, 3-6 5-7.
🎾Statistics of direct matches Grigor Dimitrov vs Gianluca Mager
It is the first direct meeting between the two.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Grigor Dimitrov vs Gianluca Mager
Grigor Dimitrov comes here after the two American tournaments, losing there every time in the second round, every time against Fucsovics. His game was average, below potential, but with very good moments, for example at the US Open leading Martin with 2-1 score sets but then falling physically. Here you can see how it adapts to slag, being the first match since returning to Europe. Gianluca Mager is an athlete who plays more in the challenger circuit, being in the first hundredth of the world and having a victory with Thiem in Rio de Janeiro. But from the return he was very weak, losing all 3 matches, with Martin with Kecmanovic in the United States, then with Wild on slag in Aix en Provence. His game was very modest, it is hard to believe that now he will find another level. I consider that Dimitrov is the favorite, my prediction going on his victory at a odds offered by Betano.
Bet Tips: Grigor Dimitrov wins