Ilya Ivashka, ranked 71st in the world, will be Grigor Dimitrov’s opponent in the 2022 Sofia Open’s second round on Wednesday.
For Dimitrov, it has been a very roller-coaster year. He had some early successes, but his latest efforts were far less than stellar. He was defeated in the second round of the Australian Open, although he then advanced to the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells and Delray Beach tournaments. The Bulgarian was eliminated early from the Miami Open, but he advanced to the Monte-Carlo Masters semifinals. Dimitrov was eliminated in the second round of the Citi Open and the Canadian Open before losing in the same round of the Western & Southern Open and Winston-Salem Open. Later, he lost to Brandon Nakashima in straight sets in the second round of the US Open. Dimitrov received a first-round bye after being seeded third in Sofia.
In the Sofia Open’s opening round, Mikael Ymer faced up against Ilya Ivashka. He made a break in the very first game of the match and maintained his advantage until the opening set’s service. In the tiebreak, he prevailed, eventually winning the first set on his fourth set point. In the second set, Ymer only needed one serve break to win it and send the match into a decider. Later, with the score at 6-5, Ymer served to stay in the game and was one point away from necessitating a tiebreak. To win the game 7-6 (8), 4-6, and 7-5, Ivashka did, however, manage to break his opponent’s serve one last time.
Grigor Dimitrov vs Ilya Ivashka Match Details
Tournament: Sofia Open
Date: September 28, 2022
Venue: Sofia, Bulgaria
Round: First round
Category: Men’s Singles
Prize Money: €389,270
Grigor Dimitrov vs Ilya Ivashka Head-to-Head Record
Their head-to-head record is even at 1-1 after splitting their previous two encounters evenly. At the 2021 Citi Open, Ivashka triumphed in their prior meeting in straight sets.
Grigor Dimitrov vs Ilya Ivashka Prediction
Even if there are no clear favourites in this matchup, Dimitrov is playing in front of his own supporters. When things go rough, their encouragement may be all he needs to keep going and barely win.
Prediction: Dimitrov to win in 3
Grigor Dimitrov Last three performances
- US Open: Second round- l. Nakashima 6-7(5), 5-7, 3-6
- US Open: First round- b. Johnson 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
- Winston Salem Open: First round- b. Thiem 6-0, 2-4 (Walkover)
Ilya Ivashka Last three performances
- Sofia Open: First round- b. Ymer 7-6(10), 4-6, 7-5
- US Open: Fourth round- l. Sinner 1-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6
- US Open: Third round- b. Musetti 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Broadcast and Live Stream Details
- US – Tennis Channel
- UK – Tennis TV (live streaming)
- Australia – beIN Sports
- Canada – TSN
- India – Discovery/ Tennis TV
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