Grigor Dimitrov survives Steve Johnson 7-64 4-6 7-65 in the 1st round in Los Cabos on Tuesday after conquering a huge battle. Dimitrov will seek to keep on going in this event against Guido Pella in the 2nd round.
Score, report, and key facts
Johnson was in a great position at the beginning of the set to break Dimitrov in the 2nd game (2-0) before consolidating his break and lead 3-0. However, Dimitrov was not done to come back to break Johnson in the 9th (4-5) game before winning the set at the tiebreak at 4.
Both players managed to hold their serve for the entire set. The only difference was just 1 break that Steve conquered in the 9th game (5-4) before winning the set (6-4).
Dimitrov won the set after he broke Johnson in the 6th (4-2) game. Steve tried to stage a comeback breaking in the 9th (5-4) game. Anyhow, Dimitrov managed to stay calm and finish the job before winning the set at the following breaker at 5.
At the end of the match, Grigor scored 110 points vs. Johnson’s 107 points.
Dimitrov served exceptionally well to win 75% of the points (47/63) behind his first serve, and he won 57% points (24/42) on his second serve. The Bulgarian won this match even if he was struggling in finding the solution in converting his break points as he converted only 33% (2/6). On the other side, the American was pretty focused in converting 60% of the break points that he procured points (3/5). Nevertheless, that was not enough to win the match.
After this encounter, the head to head between Dimitrov and Johnson is 5-2 for Grigor.
Next Match: Grigor Dimitrov vs. Guido Pella – H2H and stats
Dimitrov will compete against Pella in the 2nd round.
The last time that they played, Pella won 6-3 7-64 in the 2nd round in Miami back in 2017.