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Grigor Dimitrov vs Alexei Popyrin Tips - Back Popyrin to cover handicap

  • US Open Men's Singles Round 2 match scheduled at Court 5 on Wednesday (16:00 BST)
  • Dimitrov won the only previous meeting between the two players last February
  • Dimitrov beat Sam Riffice in the first round
  • Popyrin defeated Radu Albot in the opening round

Alexei Popyrin
Alexei Popyrin (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Aussie Alexei Popyrin confronts one of the ATP Tour’s more formidable competitors in the second round of the US Open, 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov.

The 30-year-old Bulgarian was a US Open semi-finalist in 2019. He’s coming off a 6-1 7-6 6-3 victory over Sam Riffice in the first round, sending down 14 aces and winning 90 percent of his first-serve points. Some have lambasted him for being taken to a tie-break by a player ranked 542nd in the world, however.

After first-round exits in Washington and Montreal, Dimitrov’s hard-court season ramped up with a Round of 16 appearance at the Cincinnati Masters. He beat Roberto Bautista Agut and Alexander Bublik, before going down to top seed Daniil Medvedev.

World No.73 Popyrin overcame former top-40 player Radu Albot 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-3 in the opening round. Still only 22, he made it to the third round at the 2019 US Open – his only previous visit to Flushing Meadows. But the Sydneysider is aiming to make it to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time since last year’s Australian Open.

Popyrin produced some promising form in Montreal, Cincinnati and Winston-Salem in recent weeks. But he has a career 5-20 record against players who have been ranked in the top 10. The wins came against Carreno Busta, Cilic, Goffin, Thiem and Tsonga.

The pair met for the first time in February at the Murray River Open. Dimitrov prevailed in a tough three-setter.


This contest promises to be equally tight and hard-fought. It will be one of the bigger wins of Popyrin’s career to date if he can pull it off, but he’s more than capable.

Best Bet: Popyrin +3.5 Games Handicap $2.00 at Betstar Australia - 1 Unit
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