- Grigor Dimitrov meets Marcos Giron in their Erste Bank Open quarterfinal
- The players, both unseeded, will square off Friday, October 28
- Scroll down as we break down the matchup, in which former No. 3 Dimitrov is the favorite in the Dimitrov vs Giron odds
The quarterfinal clash out of this section of the Erste Bank Open draw had No. 3 seed Andrey Rublev facing No. 7 Cameron Norrie.
But Grigor Dimitrov and Marcos Giron had other plans.
Dimitrov vs Giron Odds
|Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)||-2.5 (-135)||-220||O 23.5 (-105)|
|Marcos Giron (USA)||+2.5 (-105)||+165||U 23.5 (-135)|
The two, both unseeded, pulled off rather shocking upsets Thursday in the second round.
Dimitrov knocked off Rublev 6-3, 6-4.
And Giron upset Norrie by the exact same score.
The latter upset was more surprising than the former – if any upsets of this nature are truly shocking in late October after a very long season for the top-10 players.
Sub-Par Season for Dimitrov
At 31, Dimitrov is at a bit of a career crossroads.
As high as No. 3 back in 2017, the Bulgarian came into Vienna just one match over .500, at 21-20 for 2022.
He’s had injury issues. But he also knows that his window of opportunity to pick off major titles is probably behind him.
Dimitrov was an unfortunate consequence of his generation, having played his entire career with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal winning just about everything.
And now, there’s a whole new generation that is a decade younger, faster, more powerful and – perhaps – a little less jaded.
Not that he hasn’t had a great career. It’s just not what the hype had it back when people called him “Baby Federer” because of his similar stroke production. That’s a lot to take on.
He should have a few good years left. The question is whether he can muster up some drive to maximize them.
Dimitrov vs Giron Head-to-Head
|31 (May 16, 1991)||Born||29 (July 24, 1993)|
|Haskovo, Bulgaria||Birthplace||Thousand Oaks, Calif.|
|8||Career ATP Singles Titles||0|
|No. 3 (Nov. 20, 2017)||Career-Best Ranking||No. 49 (May 16, 2022)|
|No. 32||Current Ranking||No. 58|
|$21,761,992||Career Prize Money||$2,561,505|
|23-20||2022 Won/Loss Record||18-27|
Giron a Case Study in Determination
Dimitrov’s opponent, Giron, is his polar opposite in terms of a career track.
A dominant junior at the U.S. level (he once ran a 19-match win streak through a string of US hard-court junior events), he was never touted as the “next great” … anyone.
Giron chose the college route, and won the NCAA championships in his junior year.
But his grinding style (at – charitably – 5-foot-10) wore him down early.
Giron had surgery on both his hips to fix labral tears. It took more than a year of rehab. That he managed to get into the top 50 earlier this year, at age 28, was a victory in itself.
Dimitrov vs Giron Match History
|2022||French Open (R128)||Outdoor Clay||6-1, 6-1, 6-1||Dimitrov|
|2021||French Open (R128)||Outdoor Clay||2-6, 4-6, 7-5, 3-0 retd||Giron|
Giron had his way with Cameron Norrie Thursday in Vienna – outserving him, going 3-for-3 on break-point opportunities and winning 60 percent of points on Norrie’s second serve.
It wasn’t much more than an October late-season result, as Norrie’s body of work in 2022 is undeniable.
Dimitrov’s similar upset of Andrey Rublev was somewhat less of a shocker, on talent level. And Dimitrov had beaten Rublev twice before, but not since early 2018.
Norrie's day in Vienna was summarized by that point with Giron serving for match at *5-4 30-40 in the 2nd set. Norrie and Giron were locked in a longer rally, Giron was struggling to hit through Cam, then out of nowhere, Cam hits a random forehand long. Disappointing for the Brit
— AllAboutTennisBlog (@TennisBlogger1) October 27, 2022
The Bulgarian faced just one break point on his serve and saved it. He hit 25 winners, to 10 for Rublev. So it was more of a shocking result on Rublev’s side than anything.
Either way, both come into this quarterfinal with momentum.
Dimitrov vs Giron Pick
The winner will face either Daniil Medvedev or Jannik Sinner in the semifinals, so the road is likely to end there. Still, getting to the semis of this ATP 500 would put Dimitrov in good shape for an Australian Open seeding.
It also would put Giron safely into the top 50, at a new career high.
So, lots to play for.
But Dimitrov has too much game. He dismantled Giron in their meeting at the French Open this spring, on the 31-year-old’s worst surface.
— Damian Modliński (@D_Modlinski) May 22, 2022
Giron’s win (also in the first round) the previous year came after Dimitrov won the first two sets, but then his back gave out on him.
Best Bet: Under 23.5 Games (-140)