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Dimitrov vs Tiafoe ATP Toronto live streaming, preview and tips - Dimitrov and Tiafoe clash for Rogers Cup quarter-final spot

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 9 Aug 2018
  • Grigor Dimitrov vs Frances Tiafoe is live from Toronto at 11.00am local time on Thursday (4.00pm BST)
  • First career meeting between the pair
Grigor Dimitrov (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Grigor Dimitrov attempts to win back-to-back matches for the first time since the French Open when he takes on explosive American young gun Frances Tiafoe in the Canada Masters Round of 16 on Thursday.

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After compiling a career-best season in 2017, culminating in a title triumph at the year-end Nitto ATP Finals in London, Dimitrov has endured a disappointing 2018 campaign - but perhaps the Bulgarian could be getting back on track this week at the Rogers Cup in Toronto?

Dimitrov had lost two matches to Fernando Verdasco heading into their second round showdown in Toronto on Tuesday, including in the third round of the French Open, but the World No. 5 showcased great fight and resilience to battle back from a set down to edge the Spaniard in a deciding set tiebreak, prevailing 4-6 6-2 7-6(5). On the back of losing six of his last eight matches, Dimitrov needed a confidence-boosting win, and that’s certainly what he got following an epic 35-shot rally on match point.



Dimitrov took home his maiden Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati last season, and along with the aforementioned Nitto ATP Finals and further tournament victories in Brisbane and Sofia, the Bulgarian finished 2017 at a career-high No. 3 in the world.


All signs pointed to Dimitrov kicking on in 2018 and challenging for Grand Slam titles, but the 27-year-old has slipped into another slump, registering a lacklustre 20-13 record and failing to make the semi-finals of a tournament since advancing that far at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. With a truckload of points to defend next week in Cincinnati, can Dimitrov conjure up a big week here in Toronto?

Frances Tiafoe (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Frances Tiafoe will prove a formidable Round of 16 rival. The young American came into the Rogers Cup without back-to-back wins for the North American summer following second round exits in Atlanta and Washington D.C., but he’s broken through for some big wins so far in Toronto, firstly knocking off French Open semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato in straight sets before posting a big triumph over home hope Milos Raonic on Wednesday, overcoming two rain delays and a second-set surge from the Canadian to finish strongly and come away with a 7-6(4) 6-1 victory.

Tiafoe improves to 24-14 in what has been a true breakout season for the 20-year-old, with the American’s highlights including winning his first ATP World Tour title at Delray Beach as a wildcard, beating Juan Martin del Potro and Denis Shapovalov to become the youngest American title winner since Andy Roddick, while he continued his good form with a fourth round showing at the Miami Masters and a runner-up finish on the clay of Estoril.

Tiafoe didn’t do too much for the rest of the clay season, which culminated in a first round French Open loss to Sam Querrey, but he did enjoy a fairly fruitful grass campaign, making the quarter-finals of Queen’s Club and the third round of Wimbledon, where he went down in five sets to fellow young gun Karen Khachanov. Projected to rise into the world’s top 40 for the first time next week, can Tiafoe make a first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final in Toronto?

I believe he can. Dimitrov, despite the win over Verdasco, just hasn’t been able to find his best tennis throughout the season, while Tiafoe was extremely impressive in chopping down Raonic. The American has the athleticism and shotmaking abilities to match Dimitrov, and if he can remain steady on that forehand wing, I think he can outlast a still-shaky Dimitrov and move into his maiden Masters 1000 quarter-final.


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Dimitrov vs Tiafoe ATP Toronto live streaming, preview and tips - Dimitrov and Tiafoe clash for Rogers Cup quarter-final spot

Grigor Dimitrov attempts to win back-to-back matches for the first time since the French Open when he takes on explosive American young gun Frances Tiafoe in the Canada Masters Round of 16 on Thursday.

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