The most exciting matchup possible of the 2022 Winston-Salem Open is upon us with Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov set to face each other in round 2 on the 23rd of August.
Winston-Salem Open 2022 is currently underway, having started on the 21st of August. Thiem and Dimitrov are among the 64 players in the main draw. While Dimitrov is the top seed in the tournament, Thiem is unseeded.
Former US Open Champion, Dominic Thiem has been struggling with his form since coming back from his injury. However, the Austrian seemed to start to get back on track as he reached at least quarter-finals in his last 3 tournaments. The 28-year-old entered Winston-Salem as his final preparation on the hard court before the 2022 US Open. However, he had a very shaky start in the first round against J.J.Wolf. The Prince of Clay barely survived as he had to save 2 match points before clinching the win in 3 tough sets (6-7,7-5, 7-6).
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Grigor Dimitrov entered the tournament as no. 1. Ranked at 18 in the world, Dimitrov had an off-year in 2022. He entered Winston-Salem, aiming for his first title in 5 years. The Bulgarian received a bye in the first round due to his seeding.
Thiem vs. Dimitrov is scheduled for 07:00 pm ET on August 23. Dimitrov currently leads the h2h with 4 wins and 2 losses, having won the last 3 matches. Thiem, after a thrilling first-round victory, will be looking forward to scoring his first win over the 31-year-old Bulgarian since 2017.
Thiem and Dimitrov, despite their current rank and form, are the players with the most successful career in the player field. Thiem has a career-high ranking of no. 3 in the world, while Dimitrov was world no. 3 at one point in 2017. Such an electrifying matchup so early in the tournament had tennis fans across the globe waiting eagerly for match day.