ATP Finals: Pablo Carreno Busta Tips Dimitrov To Down Thiem
Grigor Dimitrov’s current form should see him defeat Dominic Thiem at the ATP Finals in London, according to Spanish world No.10 Pablo Carreno Busta.
On Monday Dimitrov will make history for his country as he becomes the first Bulgarian player to play in the season-ending tournament. His opponent is Austria’s Thiem, a player he trails 1-2 in their head-to-head. Earlier this year the 26-year-old won his maiden Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati, holding 52 out of 53 service games throughout the entire tournament.
During an interview with nittoatpfinals.com, Pablo Busta has given his public backing to Dimitrov. The two played have faced each other four times on the tour. In their latest meeting at the French Open, Carreno Busta triumphed in straight sets.
“Probably Grigor is playing better than Dominic over the past month.” He said. “Also on this surface Grigor, for me, plays better.’
“But you never know, Dominic is a really great player. He can play really good also. My favorite for tomorrow (Monday) will be Grigor.”
The prediction is supported by recent results concerning Thiem. He has only managed to win two out of his last seven matches and is 1-13 against top 10 players on hard courts. On the other hand, Thiem does have the advantage of previously playing in the event. Achieving a win-loss of 1-2 in the group stage last year.
“The first time you play on this court in London is really difficult.” Explained Carreno Busta.
“Grigor will suffer a little bit at the beginning of the match, but if he serves like he has over the past month he can win this match.”
Tiredness is also a concern for Thiem. Heading into this week he has already played in 27 ATP tournaments this season. Five more than Dimitrov’s 22.
Carreno Busta is also in London, but as an alternate player. He narrowly missed out on playing in the tournament following Jack Sock’s run for the Paris Masters title.
The clash between Dimitrov and Thiem is scheduled to start at 14:00 GMT on Monday.