By Ros Satar, in Cincinnati

  • Grigor Dimitrov [7] v Nick Kyrgios for a first-time Masters title
  • Head to Head: Dimitrov leads 1-0
CINCINNATI, USA – Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios go for their biggest title to date as they face each other in the Western & Southern Open final. We crunch a few numbers.

 

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Head to Head

Grigor Dimitrov, Western & Southern Open, ATP Cincinnati Masters 1000 2017

Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock | Grigor Dimitrov, Western & Southern Open, ATP Cincinnati Masters 1000 2017

 

Grigor Dimitrov Nick Kyrgios
1  0

 

The last time they played was two years ago in the second round of Indian Wells in a hard fought three-setter, honours going to the Grigor Dimitrov. Since then both have had their moments of success and floundering, but this has been a more settled year for the pair of them. Nick Kyrgios admitted that he finds these kinds of matches an tournaments easier to get up for, and has a chance to prove it for his biggest title.

Advantage: Dimitrov

 

Titles History

  Grigor Dimitrov Nick Kyrgios
Titles (2017) 6(2) 3(0)
Slams (2017) 0(0) 0(0)

 

There is no doubt that experience is on Dimitrov’s side. Kyrgios is certainly not short of talent, but at times lacks the motivation, but again the advantage sits with Dimitrov. He started the year srongly, and came oh so close to making his first Slam final in Australia.

We have been waiting for the ‘Generation: Lost Boys’ to come good, and Kyrgios is somehow stuck between that and the much vaunted ATP Next Gen.

Advantage: Dimitrov

 

Year to Date W/L Record

  Grigor Dimitrov Nick Kyrgios
All surfaces W/L 33-14 26-11
Hard Court 23-6 23-6

 

Well this could not be any closer- the pair are honours even on the hard courts with Dimitrov a little further ahead in an uninterrupted season so far for the Bulgarian.

Deuce

 

Match Stats 2017 (Tennis Abstract)

  Grigor Dimitrov Nick Kyrgios
Tie-Breaks 8-6 8-4
Deciding sets 8-8 3-4

 

Tie-breaks

Again a close stat for the pair, with both looking to thrive when it comes down to the wire.

Deciding Sets

It is difficult to see who has the edge here – Dimitrov has been dragged the distance more and his conversion rate is not great, but Kyrgios trails in that respect.

Deuce

 

Tournament

Nick Kyrgios, Western & Southern Open, ATP Cincinnati Masters 1000 2017

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Nick Kyrgios, Western & Southern Open, ATP Cincinnati Masters 1000 2017

Kyrgios has been a lot more effective with his first serve points won, Dimitrov behind his second serve, and Kyrgios has the edge in terms of aces. Dimitrov will hope to keep his return game sharp but there really is not that much to choose between them.

Deuce

Dimitrov and Kyrgios will play for the ATP Cincinnati Masters 1000 title not before 4pm (9pm BST).

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