Roger Federer vs Grigor Dimitrov live stream: Welcome to watch Wimbledon online, how to watch Online Live Stream, TV Schedule, Online TV Channel, Odds, Game Time and more info.
When: Third match on centre court, Monday, July 10
Start time: 3:45 p.m. (Local Time, BST), 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday (AEST), 10:45 a.m. (ET)
On TV: Fox Sports (Australia), ESPN (USA)
Live Stream: Tennis TV (Global), Foxtel Play / Foxtel Go (Australia), WatchESPN (USA)
Roger Federer is back and is playing the best tennis of the last few year’s of his career, hoping for yet another win at Tennis’ biggest stage. To do so, he will need to beat the hard-hitting, Bulgarian, Grigor Dimitrov to close out the day on Center Court. This will be the sixth meeting of these two players and Federer has been perfect with a record of 6-0 between them in the past.
This will be the pair’s sixth meeting with Federer having won all previous five encounters. Their first meeting was in Basel in 2013 at the quarterfinal stage, Federer winning in straight sets 6-3 7-6. Their next meeting was at the same venue and at the same stage a year later, Federer winning 7-6 6-2. They have also met three times in Australia, twice in Brisbane and once in Melbourne. The first Brisbane meeting was a comprehensive Federer win, he triumphed 6-2 6-2. The next meeting between the two in Brisbane, at the quarter-final stage, was a much closer affair with Federer winning in three sets, 6-4 6-7 6-4. Their most recent meeting was at the 2016 Australian Open, Federer winning in four sets 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-4.
In terms of career titles, Federer also has the edge, having won 92 titles compared with Dimitrov’s 6. At Wimbledon Federer is a 7-time champion, while Dimitrov’s best finish was the semi-final in 2014. The Swiss has also made 49 Grand Slam quarterfinals, whereas the Bulgarian has reached just 3 so far in his career.
Path to the 4th round
Federer has yet to drop a set in the first three rounds, beating Alexander Dolgopolov, in the first round after the Ukranian retired during the second set, with Federer leading 6-3 3-0. His second-round opponent was the Serbian Dusan Lajovic, in a match of high quality on Centre Court in a 7-6 6-3 6-2 win. In the third round, he came up against the German Mischa Zverev winning 7-6(3) 6-4 6-4, and while this was the toughest test he has yet faced, he rose to the challenge superbly, with one backhand drive volley passing shot particularly dazzling.
Dimitrov has been very impressive so far in the opening three rounds, also not dropping a set. In the first round, he beat the Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-3 6-3. Marco Baghdatis of Cyprus was his second-round opponent and Dimitrov played a brilliant match, dispatching him 6-3 6-2 6-1. His third-round match was cut short when his opponent David Sela retired after the second set, with Dimitrov leading 6-1 6-1, but the Israeli had looked totally unable to hurt Dimitrov.
How do they match up?
Dimitrov employs an all court style and is known to have one of the most versatile playing styles on the tour. He is known for his hustle, athleticism, fluid style of play and exceptional shot making. His forehand is his primary weapon, and he will need to use all his arsenal against Federer. Federer is an all-court player, rightly known as one of the best volleyers in the game today, as well as possessing an exceptional serve and forehand and a much-improved backhand. It is likely that the backhand and serve will be the key areas for both players, particularly Dimitrov, as he will have to maintain a high first serve percentage and protect his weaker backhand wing.
Dimitrov has shown fine form so far at Wimbledon and has dropped only 18 games, and having long been regarded as one of tennis bright and upcoming stars is finally seeming to realise his potential. He will almost certainly prove to be Federer’s toughest opponent to date. But Federer is yet to lose to Dimitrov in their previous five encounters, and Dimitrov will have to be at his best to be in with a chance of beating Federer, who has been in such magnificent form in 2017 so far. Expect Federer to win 3 sets to 1.